The next ALS Ice Bucket Challenge-type event is here and your favorite celebrities couldn't wait to jump on board.
The 22 Pushup Challenge is taking over social media this week with Kevin Hart, Scott Eastwood, Ludacris, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, John Krasinski, Chris Evans and more stars doing 22 pushups to raise awareness of the statistic that an average of 22 veterans commit suicide each day in the United States.
"For all the men and women who serve, we can never adequately thank you, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't keep trying," Krasinski said.
The veterans' advocacy group, 22Kill, started the challenge. The group was founded by Marine-turned-entrepreneur Andrew Nguyen in 2013.
#22PushUpChallenge Raising awareness for our 22 US vets who commit suicide daily. If you're a vet and you're going thru it, just know we're thinking about you and you're not alone. Be strong, have faith, keep fighting that good fight and there's always a better day. I challenge my boys @kevinhart4real and @justinjames99 as well as our history making first black OLYMPIC Gold medalist in swimming @swimone13. Thanks to my bud @prattprattpratt for passin' the torch and Hobbs the beast for the bad breath kisses. I'll take em all day 😂💪🏾🇺🇸
The goal of the challenge is to get 22 million pledged pushups, a number they will probably hit sooner than later thanks to these high-profile actors and actresses and their pets. (Seriously, almost all of the videos include dogs).
Thanks @prattprattpratt and @therock for calling people out this morning. the #22pushupchallenge is to raise awareness for our veterans that are suffering out there. We must never forget about those who fight and die for this country. If you are suffering call 1-800-273-8255 @ludacris know your hungover but I'm challenging you!!!
If the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is any indicator, the 22 Pushup Challenge could end up leading to substantial changes in this issue, seeing how $115 million was donated to ALS research through the Ice Bucket Challenge during an eight-week period in 2014, with those donations leading to the discovery of a gene linked to the disease.