Ice Bucket Challenge Freezes Northwestern Medicine

Northwestern Medicine
Neurosciences August 15, 2014
The "Ice Bucket Challenge"* continues to send chills across Northwestern Medicine with more clinicians and departments jumping on board this viral sensation to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a degenerative disease that affects motor neurons. According the the Les Turner ALS Foundation,* which funds research and the specialized Les Turner/Lois Insolia ALS Center at Northwestern, more than 5,600 Americans are diagnosed with ALS annually and about 35,000 people are living with ALS. 

Donations to the Les Turner ALS Foundation grew by more than 3,000 percent in the first two weeks of August compared to this time last year - the foundation attributes this increase to the "Ice Bucket Challenge" and heightened awareness it has generated. Donations to foundations like Les Turner help Northwestern and other institutions better understand ALS and work towards finding a cure for the disease. In recent years, Northwestern Medicine researchers have had several breakthroughs in ALS research.

The goal of the "Ice Bucket Challenge" is to raise awareness of ALS. Learn more about the disease in this "Hot Topics" video featuring Jennifer Armstrong, RN, MSN, MHA, operations coordinator for the Northwestern Medicine division of neuromuscular medicine. 

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Want to support ALS research without getting wet? Register today for the Les Turner ALS Walk.  

Northwestern Medicine physicians, employees, students and departments can share their own "Ice Bucket Challenge" videos by emailing Stay tuned to this blog for more videos. 
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