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Lutheran Employees Participate in Ice Bucket Challenge to Support Former Co-worker with ALS

Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit Challenges Hospital Administrators

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (August 27, 2014) – In a relatively short amount of time, the Ice Bucket Challenge™ has become one of the more significant and successful social media campaigns in history with nearly $100 million raised for ALS research, patient assistance and awareness since July 29. For the cardiovascular intensive care unit at Lutheran Hospital, its challenge to hospital administrators Thursday morning will take on added significance.

Tammy Smith, 44, was diagnosed with ALS in May. From July 2000 until just recently, she served as a patient care assistant on CVIC at Lutheran. To honor Smith, more than 20 former co-workers on the unit have not only thrown down the gauntlet to Lutheran’s administrative team, including CEO Brian Bauer, but they will also be taking part in the challenge.

Buckets will be poured Thursday, Aug. 28, at 8:30 a.m. outside of the Lutheran Children’s Hospital Emergency Room entrance. Smith is currently scheduled to be there to witness the event.

To remind the public that donations are at the core of this fun phenomenon, Bauer has pledged $500 out of his own pocket. He is also planning on challenging another local leader after the water falls tomorrow morning.

Anyone interested in making a donation or learning more about ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge may visit the ALS Association website at alsa.org .

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