Vanderbilt doctors, nurses take part in ice bucket challenge

Vanderbilt doctors, nurses take part in ice bucket challenge (Image 1)
Vanderbilt doctors, nurses take part in ice bucket challenge (Image 1)

Doctors and nurses at Vanderbilt University Medical Center took part in the viral ice bucket challenge Wednesday afternoon.

The phenomenon has gone global to raise awareness and money for ALS research.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disease that affects the central nervous system, effectively shutting the human body down over time.

The doctors and nurses all work for Vanderbilt’s ALS Clinic, and dozens of spectators showed up to witness the challenge.

“It was shocking for about one or two seconds, then after that it was fine, particularly on a warm day like today,” said Peter Donofrio.

“It was intense. It was a good build-up,” said Christopher Lee. “There were a lot of people who were really excited to do this support for ALS research, and we’re happy to do it.”

The ALS Association says more than $31 million has been donated in the last three weeks alone.

Last year, over the same time period, only $2 million was raised.

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