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You may have heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge trend that is quite literally “soaking” the nation through social media. Everyone from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake to Jack Hanna has poured a bucket of ice water over his or her head and challenged others do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within twenty-four hours.

The challenge is rolling through the Central & Southern Ohio Chapter, with board members, staff, volunteers, walkers and team captains all taking the “icy” challenge in an effort to raise awareness and funds for ALS.

So far, we have coordinated interviews on TV and radio in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton with more scheduled in the next few days. And there are countless videos made by local supporters posted on Facebook.

If you want to take the challenge and issue a challenge to someone else, here’s what to do:

  1. Arrange for someone to take a video of your challenge.
  2. Start out by saying that you are accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge issued by The ALS Association Central & Southern Ohio Chapter. If you’re making a donation, too, you can state that.
  3. Tell the audience about ALS – that it is a terminal illness that currently has no cure.
  4. Remind viewers that The ALS Association provides free services to help people living with ALS and supports research to find a cure.
  5. Tell people that they can help by making a donation to support people with ALS and get more information about ALS by going to
  6. Issue your challenge to two or three friends and name them in the video. Tell the people you challenge that they need to take the challenge, too, or donate to The ALS Association, OR BOTH!
  7. Dump a bucket of ice water on your head!!!
  8. Post your video to our Facebook page at, and on other social media sites (Twitter, You Tube, etc.).

CLICK HERE for a great example of the Ice Bucket Challenge by Yvonne Dressman, one of the Care Services Coordinators in our Chapter.

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The ALS Association Central & Southern Ohio Chapter is incredibly grateful for the "outpouring" of support from everyone who has been involved in the Ice Bucket Challenge. It has been an incredible boost to our efforts to raise awareness of ALS throughout our community.

Thank you!


Marlin Seymour, Executive Director



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Great things are happening at the OhioHealth ALS Clinic. The clinic was recently accepted as a member of the NorthEast ALS Consortium (NEALS). NEALS functions as an academic research consortium, a contracted research organization, and a resource tool for ALS community. Members or “sites,” are medical institutions equipped to perform clinical trials in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and motor neuron diseases. Each member site is required to:

  • Have a lead investigator (researcher) who is responsible for the NEALS research activities at his/her institution.
  • Have an out-patient clinic dedicated to caring for patients with ALS and motor neuron diseases.
  • Be certified in NEALS outcome measures used to evaluate the results of clinical research. 



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Giving in Your Workplace Couldn't Be Easier!

Workplace Giving is an easy way to support The ALS Association Central & Southern Ohio Chapter. Your gift supports patient service programs and nearly 80 research projects throughout the world. Giving at work through payroll deductions is simple and there are many convenient ways to contribute.

Contributing through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)

As a member of Community Health Charities (CHC), we are one of the voluntary health agencies participating in the CFC.

Federal government employees are encouraged to participate in the CFC and may designate The ALS Association Central & Southern Ohio Chapter by writing the  

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) - # 60890
State of Ohio - # 16003
Franklin County, City of Columbus, OSU (CCC) - # 8435
Columbus State, Columbus City Schools - # 3001

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Community Partner Events are fundraisers that benefit The ALS Association Central & Southern Ohio Chapter, but are coordinated and executed by individuals or organizations independent from The ALS Association.

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