This Young Man Is Living With ALS. Watch This To See What The Ice Bucket Challenge Means To Him.

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I’ve not been following the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. There’s a lot going on in the world, and there’s a lot going on in my life, and well….my time and attention have been taken up with other things. But I found this video tonight and I needed to see it. You need to see it, too.

As?Anthony Carbajal — the young man in the video — explains,?this is the first time awareness has been raised about ALS, also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” He knows (and we’ve heard the grumbles) that folks are getting tired of hearing about the Challenge, but as he says, that means people are noticing.

?I promise your newsfeed will go back to cat videos and ?Let It Go? covers, but right now, the ALS community has the main spotlight,? Carbajal says into the camera with tears in his eyes. ?And for once in my entire life, I’ve seen it in the forefront.?

I don’t want to tell you anything else. I want this video to hit you right in the gut as it did me.?After you watch the video below, come back here and click ?to learn what ALS is all about. Then, please consider sharing this article. Let’s give this devastating disease the attention it needs.

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