Man With ALS Has a Different Kind of Challenge for Us to Take


When Chris Rosati was diagnosed with a terminal illness, he decided to dedicate the remainder of his life to inspiring others to be kind.

Rosati has ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease), the same disease that’s inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge to sweep across social media. Instead of wallowing in his diagnosis, Rosati set up the Big Idea for a Greater Good (BIGG) campaign, which challenges people to find fun ways to perpetuate positivity.

Last year, Rosati encouraged children in his community to come up with random acts of kindness, videotape them and submit them to be played at a Hollywood-style, red-carpet  premiere (which you can view below). 

“Let’s just have fun making people smile,” he explained to CBS Evening News.

Submissions included helping adults rediscover coloring and giving a fancy meal to a group of homeless people.

“You have the ability to change the world with just an act of kindness,” Rosati says to a crowd of about 1,000 people packed in a theater in Durham, North Carolina, for the Aug. 3 premiere, according to News Observer.

Rosati hopes that his kindness video challenge will become an annual event — even if that means it will eventually outlive him.

Meet Rosati in the CBS segment below. You can view the other video submissions here.

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