Anthony Carbajal, A 26-Year Old Man With ALS Talks About What the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Means to Him

Anthony Carbajal, a 26-year old man who was diagnosed with ALS in January 2014, bravely talks about how the disease has affected his family, what is currently happening to him and what the “Ice Bucket Challenge” means to him. Anthony is currently taking care of his mother who is in the late stages of the very same disease.

This is the first successful advocacy that we’ve ever really, really, really had and I am so, so, so grateful. You have no idea how every single challenge makes me feel. Lifts my spirits, lifts every single ALS patient’s spirits. You’re really truly making a difference. We’re so, so, so grateful.

Anthony also shared his heartbreaking diagnosis in May 2014.

Donations can be made to help Anthony and his family on the You Caring page that his friends set up.

We are fundraising money because Anthony is not working anymore and is taking care of his health & spending time with family full time. On average, ALS patient care can be upwards of 200K a year. Although, Anthony is currently not at that point of depency, ALS only gets worse and is a progressive disease…we know it too well. This is why we’re attempting to prepare for a financially stress free life. We have their wedding to plan, health/car insurance, future medical expenses, phone, car, rent, basic living expenses… etc and hopefully a little room to enjoy his healthier years… –

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.