Ice, ice, baby: OHSU takes on the ALS #IceBucketChallenge

At OHSU, we’re all about stepping up to the challenge – even if it involves a bucket (or multiple buckets) full of ice water.

Recently, several OHSU’ians, including President Dr. Joe Robertson and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital’s Physician-in-Chief Stacy Nicholson, have voluntarily donated and been drenched as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge is a viral movement designed to raise awareness about ALS and funds for charities like the ALS Association.

Click here to learn more about the campaign, see what OHSU researchers and clinicians are doing to study and support the ALS community, then watch below as a few of our own get in on the action.

Last week, Dr. Nicholson was nominated by his nephew to take the chilly challenge. He didn’t disappoint:
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Governor Kitzhaber challenged OHSU President Dr. Joe Robertson, and he accepted the challenge with not one but two buckets of ice water:
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President Robertson had a surprise nomination for Laurie Litowinsky, who has worked at OHSU since 1966 and is known campus-wide for her sense of humor. You’ll never guess who she nominated!
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Just for fun: A slow-motion version of President Robertson’s ice bucket challenge!
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A group of OHSU’ians (33, to be exact) gathered to meet Moda Health’s challenge and issue a new kind of challenge – this time, to Congress:
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Have you or someone you know been Ice Bucket Challenged? Share a link in the comment section below.

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