SRHS Neuroscience Center takes part in ice bucket challenge

SRHS staff take the ice bucket challenge. (Photo source: WLOX News)
SRHS staff take the ice bucket challenge. (Photo source: WLOX News)

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The unavoidably viral "ice bucket challenge" continues in South Mississippi. The doctors and staff from the Neuroscience Center at Singing River Health System (SRHS) in Ocean Springs are among the latest to take the ALS ice bucket challenge to raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Friday afternoon more than a dozen were doused in icy water by a CFO Lee Bond wore a superman costume and was in charge of pouring the water using a backhoe.

"We're doing that for ALS awareness for fundraising and just to bring the issue to awareness in the community," said SRHS Neurologist Lennon Bowen, IV, MD.

SRHS CEO Kevin Holland was seated in the center of the staffers. Everyone also had their own buckets to pour on themselves as well.

"That was very cold. That was a lot colder than I thought was going to be and it came in multiple waves," said Bowen.

Having to treat ALS patients at the SRHS Neuroscience Center, staffers say they know firsthand how bad the disease can be.

"I know it's very debilitating and it's degenerative over time so it's something where folks start off they feel normal. It is very debilitating over time," said SRHS Director of Neuroscience Center Matt Walker.

The group challenged the staff at Singing River Health System Cardiovascular Surgeons and the Regional Cancer Center to also take part in the challenge.

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