Last year, during the ice bucket challenge craze, I was seeking a second opinion of my probable ALS diagnosis. I received confirmation of the diagnosis on August 28, 2014. At 33 years old and less than a year after completing a half Ironman triathlon, it felt completely surreal to see more and more people talking about ALS. While videos from ALS patients terrified me, DP and I drew strength from the global show of support, and hope from the unprecedented funding being donated to ALS charities.
A year later, Team Drea has 75+ members and has raised more than $50,000 for ALS research from people who are swimming, biking, and/or running a race (or 12!) that represents a challenge for them. I am planning to do the Ramblin’ Rose triathlon again, and do a full marathon on my recumbent tricycle.
What a difference a year makes.
There is no doubt that the ice bucket challenge has changed the trajectory of this disease. It was woefully underfunded and now researchers are beginning the most promising trials and studies they’ve been envisioning for years, but never had the funding to run. There is still a long way to go, but thanks to the ice bucket challenge, progress is being made.
From the very core of my being, I thank you for your donations.
And now for our challenge…here’s the backstory you need to know. We went to Davidson College. Steph Curry, this year’s MVP for the NBA, went to Davidson College. His daughter Riley Curry is an internet sensation because of stuff like this.
Davidson alumni: WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET STEPH AND RILEY TO TAKE THE CHALLENGE! Please do the IBC, challenge them. and share widely.
And be sure to watch the training video!
Here are the two videos together if you want to share them that way: