by jamesc 8/26/2014 1:26:27 PM --
NORFOLK – A hard hat is not enough if you decide to take part in the latest sensation that is designed to raise money for a good cause.
Dr. Michael Chipps, president of Northeast Community College, found that out recently as he and 14 other college administrators took part in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge. Proceeds from the event will go to the ALS in the Heartland chapter.
Michele Gill, dean of health and wellness at Northeast, issued the challenge after she took part in the challenge previously. While members of the administrative team issued their own challenges, Chipps declared “I challenge the college!”
Northeast staff members who have lost loved ones to ALS said they appreciate the work people are doing to raise funds and especially awareness of the disease. ALS, often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.
The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
Students in Northeast’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program have raised $230 so far for the ALS in the Heartland chapter. Tere Karella, PTA instructor, said students who have worked at the event have enjoyed meeting patients and families and the ALS Walk is a required service project of PTA students. The students are still collecting donations and will present the funds that have been raised to the chapter during the Norfolk-Columbus ALS Walk at Skyview Lake in Norfolk on Sunday, September 14.