JCHC’s Rehab and Sports Clinic was the first department at Jefferson Community Health Center to be challenged in the Ice Bucket Challenge. Justin Schardt, Travis Kostal and Matt Johnson, all therapists, completed the challenge on Thursday, Aug. 14. The staff of Gardenside long-term care received a challenge and completed their challenge as a group on Friday, Aug. 15. Administrative staff was challenged and completed their Ice Bucket Challenge on Monday, Aug. 18. Many more JCHC, Gardenside and Cedarwood employees have taken the challenge on an individual basis.
“Jefferson Community Health Center is proud to be an active part of our community – even when it means getting soaked with ice and ice water for a good cause,” said Chad Jurgens, CEO.
JCHC and Cedarwood assisted living are allowing staff to wear denim on Friday for a $5 donation to the association. Many who have taken the challenge have also made personal donations to the cause.
The ALS Association reported it has received $15.6 million in donations from July 29 through Aug. 18, compared to $1.8 million during the same time period last year. The donations have come from existing donors, as well as 307,598 new donors to the ALS Association.
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. There is no cure and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that modestly extends survival.
The ALS Association’s mission includes providing care services to assist people with ALS and their families through a network of chapters working in communities across the nation and a global research program focused on the discovery of treatments and eventually a cure for the disease. In addition, The Association’s public policy efforts empower people to advance public policies in our nation’s Capital that respond to the needs of people with ALS.
More information on the ALS Association can be found at the organization’s website at www.alsa.org.
JCHC’s administrative staff taking the Ice Bucket Challenge completion can be found on the website of the Fairbury Journal-News. Ice Bucket challenge photos – including Gardenside long-term care and JCHC’s Rehab and Sports Clinic, can be found at the Fairbury Journal-News photo pages.