The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been a wonderful thing. ALS is a horrifying disease that affects tens of thousands of people a year. However, this chart shows that there’s nowhere near enough money being donated to the things that are actually killing us.
That’s not really reassuring. Heart disease continues to drop Americans dead in their tracks more than anything. Followed by COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and diabetes. It’s obvious that cancer and ALS aren’t the primary killers of Americans, but rather Big Macs, Marlboros and 64-ounce Dr. Peppers. Even more disturbing is the number of suicides among Americans and the almost non-existent amount of donations that go towards mental health and depression awareness funds.