CHILLING OUT FOR A GOOD CAUSE! TROY ROTARY MEMBERS ACCEPT ALS ‘ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE’
August 26, 2014
TROY, OH <26 August 2014> - It’s a craze that’s sweeping the nation right now...and for good reason. People all across the country are stepping up to get doused in ice water to help raise money to combat ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”). If you are challenged, you have 24 hours to take an ice bath or make a $100 donation to the local ALS Association chapter. Many people have opted to do both. So far, the campaign has raised over $88 million in donations since it went viral a few weeks ago, and it’s still going strong.
ALS is a progressive neurodengerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, eventually leading to death. It was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot; however, it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. One of the most beloved baseball players of all times, the diagnosis led to the end of his career. Even today, ALS is still most closely associated with his name.
Indeed, ALS has hit close to home. A Troy resident and former Rotarian was afflicted with the disease, making this project that much more personal for Rotary members. The challenge was issued and six (6) Rotarians said “yes,” including two (2) past presidents, current president and the president-elect. So, following their weekly meeting on August 26, Carol Baer, Jill Wilson, Don Willis, Andrew Johnston, Lisa Winterhalter and Barbara Martin allowed ice cold water to be poured over them to help raise money and awareness for ALS and issued challenges of their own. “Rotarians are always up for an opportunity to make things better for others,” said Baer, past president in 2013-14. “It’s that spirit of community that’s at the heart of what we do as a volunteer organization,” she added. All the money raised will be sent to the local ALS Association chapter. You can see the video of the challenge on the Troy Rotary Club Facebook page. To learn more about ALS and how to donate, visit www.alsa.org.
Troy Rotarians support community projects all year long, both with hands-on help and monetary assistance. In 2013-14, more than $11,000 in scholarships and aid was distributed from the Troy Rotary Foundation. Already this year, the fund has supported several projects, including purchasing school supplies for the recent “Back to School Bash” at Lincoln Community Center and sponsoring 14 children from Garden Manor at a week-long summer camp at Brukner Nature Center in early August. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. To learn more about Rotary and membership, please visit www.troyohiorotary.org.
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