Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis,
known simply as ALS, is one of the illnesses physical therapist assistants help
As the ALS Ice Bucket
Challenge began to spread across social media, SWIC PTA Program Coordinator Kim
Snyder wanted to get her students involved.
“Students in the PTA program
will be introduced to numerous neurological diseases and the therapies that go
along with them,” she said. “Second-year students in the PTA program will be
discussing ALS later this semester, so the challenge is very timely.”
The Ice Bucket Challenge is a
popular fundraiser rapidly spreading across social media. Buckets of ice-cold
water are dumped over the heads of those who have been challenged through
social media to do so. They then call out other people or groups to do the same
or to donate to the ALS Association to find a cure.
The challenges at SWIC began
when Medical Laboratory Technician Coordinator Jean Deitz and her students took
a face-full of ice water in honor of ALS research.
“In Health Sciences, we care
for the sick,” Deitz said. “My program tests for diseases, such as this one. It
would be neat if we could spearhead getting all Health Sciences programs to do
it.” And it seems to be working.
Deitz and her students
challenged the PTA program. After completing their dunk, Snyder and her
students challenged SWIC Health Sciences and Homeland Security Dean Julie
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