What Is The #LemonsForLeukemia Challenge?

5 March 2018, 11:01

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Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

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

You can find out more about this great cause, right here.

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: