Lance Storm Discusses The Issues He Has With The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Former WWE Superstar Lance Storm recently posted a blog on his official
website to address issues he has with the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” craze.
Below is an excerpt:

“There are three basic flaws in this IBC (Or the upcoming
Pink-Tober & Mo-Vember campaigns) and it is not until you get to that final
third fatal flaw that this whole thing falls apart. This is probably by design
because as long as no one looks too deeply everyone can live in denial and just
feel good about themselves. Yes I realize that most people involved in this mean
well and have good intentions, but a lot of false hope was built on good
intentions and when people are suffering from diseases and people are giving
away their hard earned money, false hope and good intentions don’t really amount
to much.

The first flaw is that a lot of people taking up this challenge are
just doing creative videos of themselves dumping water on their heads as a
vanity project to get attention and pat themselves on the back for all the good
they are doing, despite not donating a single penny. The excuse or denial here
is “Well at least we are creating awareness, look at the national donations,
they are way up”. Way to pass the buck. I’m sure you’re individual video was the
one that made the difference. For those who did in fact donate or are pacified
with the “I’ve created awareness” we then have the second flaw.

What is the ALSA doing with all of this money? The truth is the vast
majority of the money you are donating is not going towards research and finding
a cure for ALS. The numbers are disputed somewhat. I’ve heard people claim as
low as 7% is going towards research and the ALSA claims that number is closer to
27%. Lets for the sake of convenience and benefit of the doubt, use 25%. Three
quarters of the money you donate to help find a cure isn’t going where you want
it to. Most of it is going towards “Awareness and Education”, which could be
translated to be read “Advertising and Promotions” to ensure more money gets
donated so they can again put only one quarter of it towards what they are
claiming it’s for in their promotion and advertising. It is a deceitful cycle
that keeps a lot of people employed earning great livings while delivering very
little of the money donated to the cause they are promoting. To this we offer
ourselves the excuse, “Well 25% is better than nothing, that is still a lot of
money, and someone has to run these charities” To this I offer you the popular
concept of cutting out the middle man. Why are we donating to these Charity
groups that only deliver a small percentage of our donations to the research
groups? Why not donate directly to the people that are actually doing the work,
the people trying to discover treatments and cures?

This is the third and final flaw. The reason we don’t donate directly
is because then we would discover that the portion of our donation that isn’t
going towards salaries and advertising, that 25% that we think is actually doing
good, is going into the pockets of Big Pharma. Yes the pharmaceutical companies
are getting your money. You are giving your money to some of the biggest,
richest, most profitable companies in the world. You are helping cover the cost
of their research and development programs to allow them to make higher profits.
You are not financing new research, this is research they are already doing.
This is how they make their money after all. They create new drugs to treat
diseases, and when they find a new treatment they patent it and sell it back to
you at a huge profit.”

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