Challenging, but it really was worth it.
WHEN you've watched your mam waste away, getting drenched in the name of research into the disease which killed her didn't seem much of a sacrifice.
Two years ago, like hundreds of thousands of others worldwide, I enjoyed/endured the Ice Bucket Challenge - the internet phenomenon which raised pots of cash for motor neurone disease (MND).
And I wasn't alone. TV presenter Kay Murray, Boro players, Albert Park runners, Juninho, former Cleveland Police chief constable Jacqui Cheer, Katrina Rollinson - whose neighbour had MND and died just a few months later - they were all at it too.
I know I've rattled on about this before, but MND is a disease I hate with a passion - it cost me my mam and my kids their grandma, and in a particularly cruel, harrowing way at that.
It's not the same for everyone, thankfully - Marske's Mike Findley, for example, is still going strong 11 years after being diagnosed. But my dear mam was dealt a bad hand. As her speech started to slur and her movement become laboured, we thought she'd had a slight stroke.
If only. Less than a year after diagnosis, her body was little more than a useless shell, even though her mind was as sharp as ever. It was heart-breaking and her death, aged just 58, was a bitter blow, but a blessed relief as well.
And even quarter of a century later, I can still see her in my mind's eye, lying helplessly in her hospice bed, about to be cruelly robbed of the chance to see her only child become a fully-fledged journalist, or to get to know and love her grandkids.
So last year, when the chance came to raise awareness and a bit of cash for MND, I was straight out into our unkempt garden. My daughter - born four years after my mam died - gleefully did the drenching honours.
To be honest, I didn't think much would come of the whole craze. So much money seems to get chucked at illnesses, but you rarely hear of significant breakthroughs.
So I'm still rejoicing at the recent news that a REAL breakthrough may have been made - partly thanks to cash raised from the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Researchers given cash by the ALS Association's campaign (MND is called ALS in America) have discovered a new gene linked to motor neurone disease.
It could help scientists develop new treatments for patients - and hopefully bring that search for an elusive cure a major step closer.
And it made me cast my mind back to August 2014 when I did my challenge.
Watching the video again now, I can just about detect a brief pause in my little speech to camera - but it was largely to keep my emotion at bay rather than prepare myself for the iced water.
You see, in that moment, I realised my daughter was tipping the water, my son was filming it and my wife was watching, giggling, in the background. The three main parts of my world were united in memory of someone wonderful only one of them had met.
It all seemed a bit of daftness, really. But two years on, with the latest news, it seems anything but daft.
| Dave Robson gets a little help from his daughter while doing his ice bucket challenge