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Ice Bucket Challenge Puts Docs on Rocks at
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(ATHENS, Ohio — Sept. 16, 2014) The Ice Bucket Challenge that has swept the country has raised goosebumps and a few hair-raising shrieks at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, as many students, deans, faculty and staff have been drenched with buckets of ice cold water to support the ALS Association.

The concept of the challenge is simple: Have icy water dropped on your head, nominate others to do the same within 24 hours, and post a video of the event to social media.

Over the past month, the Ice Bucket Challenge has made a big splash at the Heritage College, starting with the nomination of 2014 Student Government President Daniel Krajcik, OMS II, by fellow student Amanda Alzayed, OMS II, and by the college-wide challenge that the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine issued to the Heritage College.

“I think it is important for medical students to help raise awareness about a disease that we will see in the future,” Krajcik said. Standing beneath a bridge, students on the Heritage College’s Athens campus nominated Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine before being soaked by faculty and staff. Students at the Heritage College, Dublin, dumped buckets on themselves and nominated Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, OhioHealth President and C.E.O. David Blom and Dublin Mayor Michael Keenan.

Krajcik also nominated William Burke, D.O., (’88), dean of the Heritage College, Dublin, and fellow student Simon Fraser, OMS IV.

And so the challenges began, spreading quickly to Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., and Isaac Kirstein, D.O., dean of the Cleveland campus. Kirstein chose to be iced on the construction site for the Heritage College, Cleveland, which is set to open in July 2015. Keeping the ice bucket challenge in the osteopathic community, Kirstein nominated American Osteopathic Association President Robert Juhasz, D.O.

Before being doused himself, Assistant Dean of Admissions John Schriner, Ph.D., recognized those in the Heritage College family who have been affected by ALS, saying research is needed to find a cure for the disease. “It’s not just fun and ice water; it’s for a great cause,” Schriner said.

Originally, anyone who refused the challenge would make a donation to the ALS Association. Now, individuals who accept the challenge donate $10 and those who don’t are asked to donate $100. As of Sept. 16, the Ice Bucket Challenge had raised more than $113 million for the ALS Association.

“While we’ve all had a lot of fun with the challenge, and it has raised millions for ALS research, it’s also important to keep in mind all the lives this devastating disease has affected,” Johnson said. “I encourage everyone who has participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to take a few minutes to learn more about ALS.”

The ice bucket challenge started in Massachusetts with the friends and family of 29-year-old Pete Frates, a former college athlete who has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Now the challenge has gone viral. Business moguls, sports figures and celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, John Mayer, Matt Damon, Bill Gates and Nick Swisher have been drenched. More than 5 million videos, including some epic fails, have been posted on YouTube related to the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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