What Is The #LemonsForLeukemia Challenge?
5 March 2018, 11:01
The #LemonsForLeukemia challenge has swept the internet - but what's it all about? And where did it come from?
A ton of YouTubers and other celebrities have been biting lemons for the #LemonsForLeukemia challenge. Here's the lowdown on where this sour, yet sweet idea came from.
The challenge was created by two best friends called Chris Betancourt (aged 20) and Dillon Hill (19), who are hoping to raise awareness for bone marrow donation.
Dillon Hill, 19, was himself diagnosed with leukemia, the name of a group of cancers that usually start in a person's bone marrow. Leukemia is extremely serious, with the average five-year survival rate being 57% in the United States.
Hill made a bucket list of things he wanted to do and Betancourt took time away from school to help him tick off the items. Chris told Good Morning America: "I couldn’t sit in a lecture hall while he was potentially dying."
One of the ways to treat leukemia is with a bone marrow transplant, but a shortage of bone marrow donors can make this difficult. To deal with this, Hill and Betancourt created #lemonsforleukemia, a viral challenge that is designed to raise awareness for bone marrow donations, and calls on partakers to record themselves taking a bit out of a raw lemon and then post it online and challenge someone else to take part
How can I help?
Like all good viral challenges, #LemonsForLeukemia is nice and simple. All you have to do is post a video of yourself biting into a lemon and then encourage people to head to Be The Match, to find out how they can help out with this vitally important cause. If you don't fancy the bitter taste of a nice ripe lemon - and let's be honest, who does? - You can also help by just heading straight to that site and seeing if you can help.
Who has taken part?
Tons of creators and celebrities have joined the effort, here are just a few:
here’s my #lemonsforleukemia challenge! I didn’t make lemonade but I had a tasty bite of one onstage in Paris!— dodie (@doddleoddle) February 25, 2018
check out https://t.co/ZLEasJlb67 as to what this is! I encourage you to research bone marrow donation and sign up if you can to help save lives! pic.twitter.com/p0CPZiwyew
Thank you @CaseyNeistat for encouraging me to make the ugliest face of my life as I eat a 🍋! #lemonsforleukemia (can't wait to see @meghantonjes, @kingsleyyy and @soundlyawake do this 😘) https://t.co/Wxyq4Ja68P pic.twitter.com/w0oLRjElNK— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) February 26, 2018
I present to you my #lemonsforleukemia challenge! This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be! Check out https://t.co/YwGoNejVcp to see what this is about! Join me in researching bone marrow donation and sign up if you are able. It could help save a life. 💛🍋💛 pic.twitter.com/PwUpZ2MznV— Thomas Sanders (@ThomasSanders) February 28, 2018
What do you do when you’re fresh out of the bath on a Wed night? Bite a lemon, of course! Thanks for the challenge, @AchievementHunt! I nominate ALL OF YOU (including you!) - go to https://t.co/s0lcqNv1Gh tomorrow and join me in the bone marrow registry! #LemonsforLeukemia 🍋🍋🍋 pic.twitter.com/57gVI5PgGf— Meg Turney (@megturney) March 1, 2018
Our crew took @onelistonelife's #LemonsforLeukemia challenge! We challenge @CaseyNeistat, @tweetsauce, and @BingingWBabish to creatively make lemons into lemonade and help break the world record for most bone marrow donor sign-ups in one day on March 1st. https://t.co/C6DB7SXIvL pic.twitter.com/pEXQMdGIqm— Rhett & Link (@rhettandlink) February 16, 2018