Lemon Face Challenge is the new, milder Ice Bucket Challenge

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Let’s hop back in time to the summer of 2014, when Guardians Of The Galaxy filled cineplex screens and everyone you knew was dumping ice over their heads and posting it on Facebook. It was a strange time. But the result of that Ice Bucket Challenge—which at first just seemed like a dumb social media stunt—was an astounding $115 million in fundraising for the ALS Association, which helped fund a study that discovered a new gene associated with the disease. Now, an 11-year-old hopes to have a similar impact via her Lemon Face Challenge.


Mashable reports sports figures including Nick Saban, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Arizona Diamondbacks, have all taken part in the challenge, which involves biting into a lemon and posting a video online. It’s a pretty tame “challenge,” really, but we’re more than okay with it because it’s the creation of 11-year-old Aubreigh Nicholas, a girl diagnosed with DIPG, or Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. DIPG is an often-fatal form of brainstem cancer that typically affects children; and Nicholas’ group, Aubreigh’s Army, is raising money for her family and hoping to spread the word about this illness.

The premise of this challenge—biting into a sour lemon—is so tame that it could only be the work of a young girl. We, on the other hand, would have come up with a far more vile stunt, such as:

  • Ghost Pepper Eating Challenge
  • Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Dust Snorting Challenge
  • Cottage Cheese Bucket Challenge
  • Gravy Big Gulp Challenge

Aubreigh Nicholas, you’re a kinder soul than we are, and we hope your Lemon Face Challenge is a success.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.


As someone whose sister died of DIPG, I’m just glad this form of cancer is getting some awareness. That shit is fucked up, even as far as cancers go - almost exclusively targets children, completely inoperable, and has a mortality rate of 100%. Like, really, Cancer? Way to pull out all the stops on this one.

Anyway, yeah, donate for cancer research, even if eating a lemon isn’t the most badass form of awareness.