Would you take an icy-cold shower for a good cause? Two women get doused during the ice bucket challenge at Boston's Copley Square to raise funds and awareness for the disease called ALS (- AP photos)
Would you take an icy-cold shower for a good cause?
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The idea is simple: Take a bucket of ice water, dump it over your head, record it and post the video on social media.

It's cold, it's fun and it's contagious. But these ice bucket challenges and similar stunts are raising awareness and money for causes such as Lou Gehrig's disease, breast cancer and a camp for kids who have lost their fathers to war.

Martha Stewart has been doused. So has Matt Lauer. And pro golfer Greg Norman.

The phenomenon to raise funds asks those willing to douse themselves to challenge others to do the same within 24 hours. If they don't, they must make a donation to a certain charity. Each person who participates nominates more friends, who nominate more friends, who nominate still more friends.

The movement has taken the Boston area by storm. Friends and relatives of former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates used it to raise awareness about Lou Gehrig's disease. Frates was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease, also known as ALS, in 2012. Frates, 29, is now paralyzed, eats through a feeding tube and cannot talk.

On Thursday, his parents, Nancy and John Frates, joined 200 people who doused themselves in Copley Square. The couple said the ice bucket challenge has done more to increase understanding about ALS than anything they've done over the past two years.

"Who knew all it would take was a bag of ice and a bucket?" John Frates told the crowd. That was just before participants poured 9-quart buckets of ice water over their heads.

Similar challenges have attracted athletes, politicians, doctors, accountants and construction workers. They can take all sorts of forms: There are no-makeup selfies to raise money for cancer causes and cold-water plunges for kids' camps.

Lauer got soaked with ice water last month after Norman challenged him and ended up kicking in some cash for the Hospice of Palm Beach County, in Florida.

Operation 300 is a foundation in Stewart, Florida, that hosts a camp for kids who lost their fathers to war. The foundation gets support from local firefighters, one of whom decided to put his money where his mouth was: Pay $50 and avoid the icy dousing or get wet and pay $20.

Since the spring, the foundation has raised about $15,000 from the ice water challenge.

There can be dangers. Authorities in Camden Township, Minnesota, said 16-year-old Davis Colley drowned in May when he jumped in a lake as part of a challenge, and in some states, police warned parents and kids to avoid jumping into frigid or fast-moving waters.

Critical thinking challenge: Why do crazy stunts like these motivate people to contribute to charities?

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COMMENTS (123)
  • Grant-Hol
    8/20/2014 - 02:16 p.m.

    I think that this challenge is so cool. One thing that makes me laugh is that my mom got challenged before I did. One bad thing is it has been a week and no one has challenged me. I think it is so cool that it is for Lou Gehrig's disease. I like that you either dump freezing cold water on your head and pay 25 dollars. Or give 100 dollars and don't dump any water on your head. I just think it is a really cool and nice thing to do.

    • jacobm-Sta
      8/21/2014 - 02:16 p.m.

      i chaleng you to do the ice bucket calleng i read your post and i wanted to chaleng you so you can do it
      you can macke a video

  • xavierlopez
    8/21/2014 - 01:12 p.m.

    i think it is cool that you have to chaleng people to the ice bucket challang and it could be for a good couaus so if you are reaiding this than do it

  • danielatkinson
    8/21/2014 - 01:20 p.m.

    Yes i whoul tack an icy-cold shower for a good cause. It whould give money for kids that have are in need and it whoul help them out.

  • estebangarcia
    8/21/2014 - 03:33 p.m.

    The article is about a current a very interesting way to help people who are suffering of a disease or sickness. what people do is to take a bucket of ice water, dump it over your head, record it and post the video on social media. this action must be spread from one to another person by nominating more friends, who nominate more friends, who nominate still more friends.
    These ice bucket challenges and similar stunts are raising awareness and money for causes such as Lou Gehrig's disease, breast cancer and a camp for kids who have lost their fathers to war. The phenomenon to raise funds asks those willing to douse themselves to challenge others to do the same within 24 hours. If they don't, they must make a donation to a certain charity.
    I absolutely agree on this proposal since this action is to help those people who are in bad conditions. Maybe the pain or cold people experiment when doing this is not a reason not to help someone else. it is a way first of all to be aware of the others pains and second to encourage those people to get better. Sometimes we cannot do great actions to demonstrate our charity but a small one is enough to support with a grain of sand.

  • Adriane927
    8/22/2014 - 08:12 a.m.

    Because, Its nice to help others and feel great about it. Plus, you might need ice dump on your head you might be hot, and you raising money for other kids. Plus crazy stunts attract other people and it helps make money

  • Markala87001
    8/22/2014 - 08:14 a.m.

    People do crazy stunts to raise money , because it help with getting peoples attention. So , now you can do something crazy for a good cost !

  • Adriane927
    8/22/2014 - 08:14 a.m.

    Because, Its nice to help others and feel great about it. Plus, you might need ice dump on your head you might be hot, and you raising money for other kids. Plus crazy stunts attract other people and it helps make money

  • Wade42601
    8/22/2014 - 08:18 a.m.

    I think this is a good thing to do for recognition for the cause. This challenge is very popular on social media and by dumping the water on your head you are supposed to get a feel of what ALS feels like to the people with it.

  • shelby5469
    8/22/2014 - 08:18 a.m.

    I think it is great to do what they are doing just because they want to do it.



    I would help out I think it is a very good idea for the kids.

  • Damion12345
    8/22/2014 - 08:21 a.m.

    The ice bucket challenge is a good way to raise money for the people who have cancer and for the kids that lost their dads at war. I think that a lot of people will do the ice bucket challenge.

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