The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: The Wendigo Abides

(Direct link to the video here.)

I was challenged yesterday by the inimitable Ben LeRoy (his video and accompanying post here) to either give some money or dump some ice water on my head (and give a smaller amount of money in the process). I figured, fuck it, let’s do both, and because YAY CHARITY I’m also going to give money to fight another disease: prostate cancer.

ALS Ice Bucket challenge and donate button: here.

Prostate cancer charity: here.

In addition, because I am presently a cold, wet jerk (not coincidentally the name of my homemade porn flick), I have issues this challenge to the entire Holy Taco Church, with particular note for members: Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson, and Wesley Chu.

And, if you feel like this is a good time to rant about slacktivisms and how this is bad or something, please remember that this challenge has resulted in a major uptick in donations to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and is supported by those who suffer from the condition as well as those who have friends and loved ones who suffer.

More to the point, charity is good, and this is not slacktivism because it demands action. Not just changing your Twitter icon or flinging up some hashtag somewhere. Even more to the point: keep your negative thoughts placed firmly inside your cakeholes. OKAY THANK YOU.

Further: if you’re a reader of terribleminds who has done the challenge? Feel free to drop a link to your video in the comments so we can all point and laugh at your soggy, ice-slick bodies.

22 responses to “The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: The Wendigo Abides”

  1. Bravo, sir!

    On an aside, I hate the term “slacktivism”. We each do what we can. That’s not always putting money up, because some of us don’t have money to put up. Non-monetary contributions still matter.

    *steps off soapbox*

  2. My hubby and I have been challenged by a couple friends here in my little town…and we will be working to coordinate that…in honor of “ex” running buddy, diagnosed with ALS just this year… Hope to be able to share video SOON! Way to go Chuck!

  3. I have to be honest, Chuck. Having only blog posts to go on, my weird imagination had you pegged as having a really slight, nasally voice, but you actually sound quite heroic and brimming over with manhood! Congratulations on your ice bath! 🙂

  4. You are so awesome. Seriously. My daughter got challenged and she’s totally doing it and we’re giving money. Slactivism or not … this is a way to raise awareness and get people motivated to help.

  5. Is it just me, or does the thought of having a bucket of icy water dumped on me feel like assault, not play?

    (Yes, I’m a grumpy old spoilsport. Who hates, HATES, the cold. I live in the desert for a reason.)

  6. thank you so much for keeping this rolling out there. my gran died from gherig’s and my mother has just been diagnosed.

    thank everyone wbo has done this and/or donates.

  7. Since you asked, here’s mine Chuck: I’m increasing my donation based on which of my “nominated” friends also rise to the challenge.

    And I’m also raising funds for the American Cancer Society (I’m a colon cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2005), via an anthology I edited and published. The book features new stories by Jay Lake, Kaaron Warren, Sabrina Vourvoulias, and others, as well as reprints from Christie Yant, Damien Angelica Walters, Steve Berman, Mary Robinette Kowal and Adam P. Knave. Every royalty check I get from the online orders goes directly into a donation check to ACS:

  8. I really don’t understand people’s need to get negative about it. Maybe they feel left out ’cause nobody challenged them. *shrug* People will find something negative about the most innocuous things, given the opportunity. Makes them feel clever that they figured out the downside of that one! My in-laws are famous for that.

    Anyway, great video. First one to actually, literally, make me laugh out loud. Great job!

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