VIDA Hosts Mass Ice Bucket Challenge to Support ALS Research!
By: Guest Blogger & VIDA Member Andrea Peet
“Wasn’t the ice bucket challenge last year?” you ask.
Nope. Not while people are still dying from ALS.
I am one of them. Two years ago, I could have been next to you on the elliptical machine or in the endless pool. I was 32, training for my first half Ironman triathlon. I completed that 70.3-mile race, my fifth triathlon that season.
Now, I walk with a walker. At the age of 34, I have been given 3-5 years to live. Before I die, I will lose the ability to walk, talk, swallow, move, and breathe. My mind will stay sharp, witnessing my decline.
Think about if that were you. It could be. 95% of ALS cases are sporadic (no genetic history). Endurance athletes are more susceptible. Military veterans are twice as likely to get it. Why? No one knows.
That’s why we need research. The ice bucket money from last year jumpstarted clinical trials and research studies. Johns Hopkins already made an amazing breakthrough.
I challenged Vida Fitness to the ice bucket challenge because they are committed to this cause. Thanks to their support, I am back in the endless pool, training for one more triathlon and a marathon on my recumbent trike.
I cannot stress to you how rare this is. Amanda Bernier, 31, was diagnosed two months before me, just two weeks after she found out she was pregnant. Five months later, she was totally paralyzed and on a ventilator. By miracle or faith, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
If she can take the ice bucket challenge this year, you can.
“I work,” you say. I can’t be at the U Street Vida on Monday 8/31 at 11am. No problem, you can do something much more important. You can donate to ALS.net where ALL of the money goes to find a cure or treatment.
We can beat ALS. Maybe not in time to save me, but maybe to save you or someone you love.
Follow Andrea’s journey at teamdrea.blogspot.com.