In 2014, 36 year-old Austin, Texas man was given less than two years to live. He was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Now confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk, eat, use his arms, or speak, he is making a public plea to be turned into a robot.
Social media posts of friends and celebrities taking the ice bucket challenge have been virtually inescapable in the past 2.5 weeks. However, also difficult to escape has been criticism for the challenge, its flaws, and doubts about its effectiveness. Even as the evidence that it was clearly working has piled up.