The ALS Ice Bucket Water Challenge took over the world this year. Everyone from your next-door neighbor to Justin Timberlake has been joined the craze. Videos have been plastering social media sites of giggles and screams of the multitude of people dumping ice water on their heads. In fact, I was kind of getting irritated that disease was getting such great attention and got tired of watching the celebrities jump to aid the cause. It was time to check myself and look deep as to why I was feeling this way. Then it came to me. I have hoped for years that Parkinson’s disease could get the attention and donations that ALS was racking in. Then came the guilt.
I felt like a party pooper. I was actually jealous of another Neurological disease getting all the love. How outrageous was that?! Sometimes you have to check yourself and call it like it is. Now when I see an ALS Ice bucket challenge video, I embrace the fact that people are getting passionate about something, especially when it includes an illness that is kind of like a cousin of Parkinson’s disease.
Then of course, with the PD community being full of enthusiastic, awesome people, the concept of #PiesForParkinsons was created. This, similar to the ALS challenge, would include people taking a pie to the face, and then donating money to the Parkinson’s Foundation of their choice. Then they would nominate others for the pie challenge. I knew it wouldn’t be long until my name was called. So without delay, here is my video of my challenge from Eli Pollard from the World Parkinson’s Congress. *P.S. If you look carefully, right before I take the pie to the face, you can see that I am dripping from being soaked after taking my Ice Bucket for ALS. Killed two birds with one stone….such a weird saying.
Keep it rolling and get involved with raising awareness of the Neurological diseases that impact those that we love. I have nominated you all. Bwhahahahah!