I'm a photo librarian and staff photographer for Human Kinetics and a documentary style shooter in my personal time.
My partner, Coach Stephanie Wheeler, took the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge today! We also donated money to the ALS Association to aid them in their important work and you can, too, here. (The ALS Association gets a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator.)
The first photo shows Stephanie giving an introduction for the video of the event. Three of her Fighting Illini wheelchair basketball student-athletes—Gail Gaeng, Olivia Morrison and Megan Blunk, were on hand to happily dump ice filled water on their coach. And, in the last photo Stephanie invites Illinois’s amazing wheelchair track coach, Adam Bleakney, to take the challenge next.
While this challenge has proved hugely popular in recent weeks, I’m aware that not all love the idea. We’re happy to take part, though, in a fun activity that has raised over $15 million dollars for the ALS Association. Especially since the idea seems to have started organically rather than dreamt up by one of the ALS charities for fundraising purposes (not that that would be bad, in my mind, but it’s even better this way).
Links you may find useful on this topic:
Lorri Knox Carey, a woman living with ALS, takes the challenge. This is a must watch video!
Lorri Knox Carey’s Kids4Cure page.
Here’s How the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Actually Started, an article by Time.
This bleeds accuracy.
I would encourage you to read the entire post. It is beautiful and full of truth. I will be saving this one.