CHEPS ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

On September 2, 2014 members of the CHEPS community accompanied by Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education Alec D. Gallimore from the College of Engineering completed the ALS ice bucket challenge raising nearly $400. The purpose of the ice bucket challenge is to raise funds to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Both CHEPS and Dean Gallimore were challenged by University of Michigan’s Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering.

George Tam, the highest student bidder, got the honor of dousing CHEPS Associate Director Amy Cohn with ice water during the challenge. “I’m personally very excited to be here. My favorite aunt, Rita Burlingame, died from ALS. Her husband, Arthur Burlingame, took care of her to the very end so the idea of raising funds for research for ALS is very important to me and I’m grateful to all of our students who are here sharing in this moment,” said Professor Cohn at the start of the challenge.

CHEPS challenged The Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), the attendings from U of M’s pediatric emergency department, and CHEPS collaborators at The University of Colorado Hospital.

Those interested in donating to ALS research may do so here.