(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
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
“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.