Challenge accepted! Dixie Gillaspie takes Chris Anderson up on the challenge to spend 60 seconds enduring an ice bath and talking about something that really matters.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been a wild (and wet) success. And we’ve seen a lot of causes jump on the ice endurance bandwagon.
But this article and challenge from our own Christopher Anderson, caught my eye. Not because of the ice, but because of the headline.
That is an eye-catching number isn’t it? And Chris backs it up.
“Over 40% of the population suffer from a disorder that greatly increases risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety disorder, a shorter overall lifespan, and significantly degraded quality of life, yet this the true scale of this epidemic remains largely unknown and unacknowledged. […] Sexual violence is perhaps the single most harmful public health issue that we face.”
I watched Chris’ video several times. Anyone who knows me knows that cold is my Nemesis, so I could certainly believe that scientists use the ability to withstand immersion in ice as a gauge for pain tolerance made perfect sense to me. And I’m trying to move AWAY from pain, not into it.
If there is anything more painful to me than cold, it’s a camera. So this was a double whammy challenge for me.
But I know what is important, and it is important enough to me to get in front of a camera, stick my hand in a bowl of ice, and talk to you about why YOU should take the next 60 seconds to do it.
No, it doesn’t involve ice. Or a contribution (although if you’re moved to support Male Survivor’s Organization it will be much appreciated.)
It involves you. And a choice only YOU can make.
Please, for all our sake’s.