What’s better than hanging out with co-workers on a hot Friday afternoon in sunny Orlando in late August? Though “hanging out in the air-conditioning instead” is always an acceptable guess, having the opportunity to cool off and give to charity at the same time is the winning answer this time around. Last Friday, various faculty, students and staff at the COM participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge campaign that was been sweeping social media over the past few weeks. The goal of the campaign is to bring awareness of the disease and raise money to further research of it. According to the ALS Association website, as of this past Monday the 25th, donations had reached a staggering $79.7 MILLION since the campaign started a few weeks ago. Considering that during the same time period a year ago donations totaled around $2.5 million, it looks like the campaign has made a huge splash.
It works like this: If you’re challenged to take the ice bath, you have 24 hours to do so or you have to make a donation to fight ALS. Lots of people do both! It’s fun to challenge your friends and watch the videos they have posted on social media to prove they did in fact take the challenge. At the COM, the Dean of the college was challenged (along with everyone else in the building) by our new Internal Medicine residents. What resulted was a wave of a hundred or so buckets of ice water over the heads of our faculty, staff and students. Check out the video below!
Afterwards, Nadine decided to issues challenges to the library directors at FIU’s medical library, and UCF’s John C. Hitt Library. We’re looking forward to seeing those videos!