We did it!
ALS: You can just BUG off!
I'm so happy to see so many people still rocking the ice bucket challenge; WAY TO GO, ALL BUCKET DUMPERS! While the ice water was very cold, it warms the cockles of my heart to see us come together to fight the...well, fight. One day, I hope, ALS will be a disease of the past. Wiped out. Beat down. Totally annihilated. Nasty thing.
Thank-you Chris, Jack and Sam for being great sports and helping us with our challenge.
We made a direct donation at als.ca (I see that we could have registered our "team", but we did not do that - we made a personal donation of $100). The website was a little sluggish; hopefully this is a result of all the donations coming in to put a stop to this terrible disease!
Who is WITH US?
Well, just when you think you can't handle another bucket challenge, here comes another one!
Thank-you Steve, for nominating the divers of Adventure Sports Newmarket for the ALS challenge. Because this phenomenon has been so successful in raising so much money for ALS research, I will never deem this silliness as a waste of time.
Cudos to the team that came up with this concept and drove the plight of ALS victims to the forefront! As we prepare our buckets for tomorrow (Sunday, August 24 at 4:00), I think of my cousins Cindy and Darlene who lost their mom many years ago to this cruel and merciless disease. ALS is a robber. May this marketing drive result in making the lives of victims easier, and perhaps someday (if we dare to dream) even save them. xoxoxo
DIVERS! Join us at the shop tomorrow at 4:00 pm if you wish to participate. Bring a bucket. Donate what you wish to www.als.ca
Our video soon to follow...
Pete Frates story is below - Youtube video; it is touching, and I admire this man's courage so much.
I am relaxing before the closing ceremonies of our conference in the twin-city of Minneapolis - the city of lakes (though I did not get to dive any of them this week).
I've just finished reading Paul Mila's fourth book: "Near Miss", and now I am thoroughly disappointed that it is over, and I only have my PADI Adventures in Diving book to read on my flight home tomorrow. I keep putting it off, so that is probably good. But anyway, NEAR MISS was a lot of fun to read!
"Spies, treasure hunters, and Cozumel divers collide in a Caribbean thriller."
This adventure story will fill a diver's need for scuba while away from the water (in an I.V. slow drip sort of way, not the full whammy, of course), while at the same time increasing your desire for more diving (Yes. This sport has highly addictive properties; use with care and joy)!
If you have read any of Paul's other novels, then you will meet again with Terry and Joe, our favourite Cozumel Dive operators, who find themselves in the middle of a deadly plot of espionage, mystery, and a struggle for national power. The bodies start piling up, and they are running out of time...
It's good fun.
You can find it on www.amazon.ca
See you soon!