Desert Senita Community Health Center challenges all Community Health Centers in Arizona and businesses in Ajo to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. ALS is Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, 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. (ALS.org)
The nursing staff initiated the idea and motivated the rest of the clinic to be part of the challenge. Community members will be asked to drop the buckets of ice water for a donation to the cause. The actual bucket drop will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 29, 2014, in the dental parking lot. Come and join us, have a blast as you pour a bucket of ice water on your participating Health Center staff. If you cannot join us but would like to make a donation to the ALS cause, please click the link below.