The ALS ice bucket challenge did not come to my attention until after Bill Gates dumped a bucket of ice water on his head. It was a fun video, and of course Bill did it with a lot more aplomb than did his challenger, Mark Zuckerberg. There is some controversy over a charity raising money this way, but I’d say it is more jealousy than substance. It’s fun, it’s inclusive and it’s working. Somewhere I read ALS had raised over $6 million so far thanks to this campaign.
The husband of Cole’s kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Donkel, had ALS. Cole enjoyed Mr. Kane’s classroom visits so much that we invited his teacher and her family for dinner, during his kindergarten year, and a wonderful time was had by all. That night, before going to bed, Cole told me, “Mr. Kane is a good guy.” Mr. Kane died much too young, leaving behind a wife, a daughter and a son who touched my heart when I dropped off some lasagna after the funeral. He was forlornly tossing a baseball up and down in front of the house. I walked away so sad that a great kid had lost the best dad much too soon. Years later, Mrs. Donkel was my go-to person when dearly departed Joe died and I had questions about kids and grief. She’s kept in close contact with Cole, showed up during important moments during his senior year, and has been a gem in our lives.
Cole was tagged in the ALS Ice bucket challenge. Which he accepted, immediately drew up a plan and told me he needed to make a Home Depot run. Of-course he did.
I helped by offering words of wisdom and praying that the 17 gallon gallon galvanized bucket filled with ice and water did not crash down on top of my kid along with the ice water. And I shouted WOO HOO really loud.
Today we remembered Mr. Kane, a good guy.
NOTE: We are not challenging anyone. You need to be challenged directly by a friend or foe :-D. However if you do want to participate by all means send me a link to the video—I think they are all great!
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