In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Twenty-Five.” I need these 2 vowels to not be silent today.

“I” for Inspiration:

The #ALSicebucketchallenge.

Last summer, people of all races, ages, abilities, and incomes were inspired by the #ALSIceBucketChallenge (IBC) to dump a bucket of ice on their heads or donate money in the name of ALS …including me!

Some vocal folks thought it was crazy or a fad.

Not me. My mom had ALS….See post: https://carpooldaze.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/come-talk-to-me/)

“E” for Exuberance.

Heart leaping, joy skipping, spirit soaring exuberance is what I felt yesterday in discovering that the IBC has raised over $220 million dollars worldwidesince just last summer. http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2014/12/12/ice-bucket-challenge-has-raised-220-million.html

And…..then the news gets even better.  

The dollars raised are in already in action!

Multidisciplinary ALS clinics that had been previously closed are begin re-opened and re-staffed, new research is being funded, essential patient programs, services, and technology are being re-ignited and delivered. See http://www.alsa.org for details.

Lives are changing.

A simple challenge started in Boston.

Enormous impact worldwide.

Thanks to the Frates family and friends!

Mom's License plate.
Mom’s License plate.