Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge: where to donate your money to save lives without destroying lives

I recently shared an article on Facebook titled "Why I Cannot Accept The Ice Bucket Challenge."  I shared the article for one reason: to alert friends and family of where their money may be going if they were to donate their money directly to the ALS Association.

I disagreed with this articles main point, however. I don't think there is anything wrong with accepting the ice bucket challenge. I think it's great that so much awareness has been raised as people pass on the challenge to friends and family.

I don't think it's great, however, if the money given in lieu of this awareness is donated to a cause that is simultaneously destroying human lives in the name of saving other human lives.

I wanted to share my thoughts further on this topic because it is one that I am passionate about.

We talk often about our rights in life.
Our rights to choose,
our rights to be happy.
Oh yeah, and our right to live is pretty important as well.

Every life has a God-given right to live. The idea that someone should designate certain lives to be used for scientific research is sickening, and unfortunately that is exactly what the ALS Association is doing with their funding.

Quote from
Stem cells are cells that have the ability to divide for indefinite periods in culture and give rise to multiple specialized cell types. They can develop into blood, bone, brain, muscle, skin and other organs. Embryonic stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the ability to form any adult cell.
Where do embryonic stem cells come from? 
Human embryonic stem cells are derived from fertilized embryos less than a week old. When a sperm fertilizes an egg and creates a single cell, this cell has the potential to form a complete organism and is called totipotent. In the first hours after fertilization, this cell divides into identical totipotent cells. After approximately four days, the cells start to specialize and form a hollow sphere of cells called a blastocyst. 
And here is a quote from another clinical trial that ALSA funded using an 8 week old baby.

These stem cells have been engineered from the spinal cord of a single fetus electively aborted after eight weeks of gestation. The tissue was obtained with the mother's consent. The cells are transplanted into the ALS subject's spinal cord after laminectomy, an operation that removes bone surrounding the spine. After the spinal cord is exposed, a device manufactured for this purpose will be mounted onto the subject and will hold a syringe filled with the cells. 
Source here.

Here is an ultrasound photo of my daughter when she was just 6 weeks old.
Notice the caption: baby. Not fetus, not a science experiment or a lab test. A life. 
Her life.
I got to hear her heart beat when she was this tiny.
I even watched her squirm around.
I loved her even when she was this tiny because I knew she was a baby. My baby.

And I can't imagine her life ever being taken from her other than by the hand of God.

Whose decision is it that a life should die so that another might live? That certainly is not ours to make. 

Some may feel that this is an attempt to bring up a negative side just to put a damper on all the good that is taking place through the ice bucket challenge.

I would argue rather that this is an attempt to make the good even better by donating to a pro-life organization searching for an ALS cure using stem cell research from consenting adults, umbilical cords, animals and a variety of other resources.

Here are some pro-life organizations you should consider donating to as an alternative to ALSA (whether you chose to dump cold water on your head or not)!

Friends, I hope this post in any way does not come across as insensitive to those suffering from ALS or supporting family and friends through this terrible disease. I care deeply for those who are physically in pain and for their families who have to watch them suffer. This post is not meant to discourage awareness or donation but rather to help people be informed and donate to save lives with ALS without destroying innocent lives in the process. 

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  1. I was not aware of this. Thank you for sharing this knowledge. I will donate to one of the following
    names you posted.
    Thank you.

    1. Thank you Pam! I was not aware of this either which is why I wrote the post, to help people stay informed and provide other options!

  2. Wow Thanks for the info! I had no idea!

    Thrift and Shout

    1. No problem! I'm thankful for the information available to pass on!

  3. As someone whose family has been personally affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease, thank you for sharing other organizations that will still help to end this terrible disease. :)

    1. Alison, I am so sorry that you and your family have to go through that. You will be in my thoughts and prayers! I am so glad there are great organizations like the ones listed above that are doing good!

  4. Thank you for sharing this! We didn't realize that they supported embryonic stem cell research at first. We found out through friends posting on social media the pro-life ALS research facilities that they donated to. It's so important to put this info out there and spread the word in a gentle and respectful way like you did. Thanks for standing up for life and also for a cure for ALS! -Jess @ Sweet Little Ones

    1. Thank you Jess! I know it's a sensitive issue but thank you for spreading the word!

  5. Wow, thank you for opening our eyes to this and for sharing the sources of your information. Sharing this link!

    Amy @


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