Across the nation, this summer has been cooled by an overflow of iced water and support for research of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. According to the ALS Association, ALS is an incurable disease that leads to muscle paralysis throughout the body. The Ice Bucket Challenge serves as a virtual fundraiser that increases awareness of ALS.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge made its way to Xavier’s campus through Dr. Marguerite Giguette, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Father Maurice Nutt, Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies.
Dr. Giguette utilized a balcony at the Administration Building for the challenge. “I was challenged by my daughter,” she said, “and I wanted her to see my willingness to participate. I wanted to be apart of this thing. It was just me doing my small part.”
Father Maurice accepted his own challenge in memory of a friend who died from ALS. He stood behind the white stone “Xavier” in front of the Admin Building, and colleagues poured two buckets of iced water on his head.
“It was cold but refreshing,” Father Maurice said.
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