Shalala Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

A host of UM officials, including President Donna E. Shalala, are getting soaked for a cause – all to benefit ALS research.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 21, 2014) — At Thursday morning's 'Canes Kickoff event, University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala looked out at the students gathered at the BankUnited Center and said: "I can't believe I'm going to do this."
But she did, getting drenched by a bucket of water poured over her by UM mascot Sebastian. In recent days, Shalala had been challenged by at least four people, including UM alum and New Orleans Saints football player Jimmy Graham, and UM Trustee and baseball player Alex Rodriguez.

Shalala is the latest of a host of UM officials who are getting soaked for a cause – all to benefit ALS research.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is helping to raise money to fight ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, while raising awareness of the neurodegenerative disorder. Participants, who have included Hurricanes coaches Al Golden, Jim Larrañaga, and Katie Meier, Norm Parsons, executive director of the Herbert Wellness Center, Dean of Students Ricardo Hall, Miller School of Medicine Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Vice President of Student Affairs Patricia A. Whitely, agree to have a bucket of ice water dumped on their heads, and then challenge someone to follow. Participants often accept the challenge, and donate to the cause.

The Miller School of Medicine is a leader in ALS research, and is affiliated with the ALS Recovery Fund. UM has the largest multidisciplinary clinic, and has the largest funded ALS program in Florida.

To make a gift to ALS research at the University of Miami, click here.

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Norm Parsons and Dean of Student Ricardo Hall challenge:

Kevin Packman challenge:

Dr. Michael Benatar challenge:

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt challenge:

Dr. Patricia A. Whitely challenge:

Dean Patricia D. White challenge:

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