The ALS ice bucket challenge has been all over social media lately. I have yet to be nominated, but I know plenty of people who have been, even my 10-year old son. I’ve even seen our very own Aaron Traylor take on this challenge. Aaron’s was probably the most risqué and hilarious version of this challenge that I’ve seen yet.

Have you ever wondered where things like this start? Who is behind them? Well, for once we are going to get an answer. The ALS ice bucket challenge was started by a very brave young man, Pete Frates, who is battling ALS. From that single man’s nominations, the challenge has grown and grown.

Franks ALS ice bucket challenge has went far beyond his friends and family. It has swept the country. Everyone from professional athletes to movie stars, and today’s popular musicians to our families and friends. This challenge isn’t just a dare for you to pass on to your loved ones, but a way to raise awareness and money for a very worthy cause.

Joy Larson is a mother of four boys, graduate of the University of Montana, animal lover and writer.