Donut Challenge – Accepted!


Last year, the Ice Bucket Challenge took the Internet and many social media platforms by storm.

We laughed as we saw everyone from our neighbors, family members, and even our favorite celebrities participate. It was estimated about 2.4 million videos circulated through Facebook showcasing their hilarious reactions to the cold water.

Viewers contributed to help fund research and spread awareness for the disease. This is the same goal Max Jamelli from Chambersburg, PA would like to achieve for kids like his son.

He is the father of a 6-year-old boy who was diagnosed with high-functioning autism at the age of 5. Jamelli created the “Derek’s Donut Challenge,” named after his son’s love for the tasty treat. He is promoting it during the month of April, which is World Autism Awareness Month.

So how does it work? All you have to do is stuff an entire doughnut into your mouth and smile big for the camera. Just like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, users post the video (or picture) online, make a donation to the National Autism Society, and tag 5 friends. Those friends are asked to do the challenge, tag 5 more friends, and so on.

Jamelli hopes this challenge goes viral but his primary goal isn’t to fundraise for the organization. Although funding the cause is important, he believes it is even more important to spread awareness for families and individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

One particular aspect Jamelli would like to bring more attention to is the perception of autistic children “misbehaving” in public. For example, when his son, Derek, acts out at Church during the holidays, it is because there are more people than he is used to. He may also be served steak when he is expecting pizza. This doesn’t happen often but when it does people tend to misunderstand the situation. Like many other kids with autism, Derek has a difficult time when his routine is disrupted.

But Jamelli would also like to shed light on the many talents his son has. At just two years old Derek was able to memorize numbers and the alphabet. He then went to learn sign language through online videos. This intelligence is definitely something to be made aware of and encouraged.

For more information please visit the original article which also includes Max and Derek Jamelli’s Doughnut Challenge video.

Written by Raiza Belarmino

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