If you are at all familiar with the internet as of late, you’ve undoubtedly seen videos of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Someone gets a bucket of ice water poured on them and challenges three friends to either do the same within 24 hours or donate money to the ALS Association, the leading group for research, care, and education for ALS. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that affects tens of thousands of people, limiting their motor functions and often eventually paralyzing them. There is currently no cure.
Those who are called out to do the Ice Bucket Challenge seem to be both accepting the challenge AND donating money. The internet is riddled with videos of people being doused in ice water, while donations to the ALS Association have gone through the roof, topping over $13 million over the past three weeks.
Two days ago, the Ice Bucket Challenge was accepted by Gal Gadot, who is playing Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. She donated money to the ALS Association and was drenched in frigid water, and she also challenged the original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, to do the same:
Carter responded promptly, and posted her own video the next day. Her husband, Robert Altman, poured a bucket of cold water over her head, and she pledged to donate money to the ALS Association as soon as she dried off:
Lynda Carter also encouraged everyone who watched the videos to donate, and I think that’s a fantastic idea. With both live action Wonder Women stepping up to the plate, it’s only fitting that Wonder Woman fans do the same. If you want to join Gal Gadot, Lynda Carter, and thousands of others in donating to ALS research, you can do so via the ALS Association’s donation page. If, like me, you are in Canada, you can instead donate to ALS Canada via their donation page. It’s a great and worthy cause, and I hope everyone takes inspiration from these Wonder Women and chips in what they can!