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College president and administrators to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Aug. 21

Aug 19, 2014

Dr. Brosnan, Joe Umosella, Nancy Giordano

From Left: Delaware Valley College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan, Joe Umosella '63 and Nancy Giordano. Umosella, a long time supporter of the College had been supporting ALS research for years when he found out he had the disease. He passed away in 2013 after battling ALS. Dr. Brosnan and DelVal administrators will be taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Umosella's memory. 

Come watch Delaware Valley College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan and top administrators get ice dumped on them as they take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They will be taking the Ice Bucket Challenge Thursday, Aug. 21 at 11:30 a.m. outside of the Life Sciences Building on main campus.

The group is doing the ALS Ice Bucket challenge in memory of a Delaware Valley College alumnus and long time supporter Joe Umosella '63 who passed away in 2013. Umosella had been supporting ALS research for years through his company when he was diagnosed with the disease. He had a positive impact on his community and on Delaware Valley College. The Atrium of the College's new Life Sciences Building is named in his honor. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been raising money and awareness about ALS and the fight for a cure.

Those who are "challenged" have 24 hours to make a video of a bucket of ice being poured over their heads or, they have to donate $100 to ALS research. The Delaware Valley College president and administrators will be donating and taking the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness to find a cure for ALS. In amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, nerve cells die and can no longer communicate with muscles. People with ALS lose their ability to walk, eat, speak and eventually breathe. Typical life expectancy after diagnosis is just two to five years. Only one drug is currently approved by the FDA to fight ALS, and it extends the patient's life by just two to three months. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised millions for ALS research and has also raised awareness among the general public about the disease.

This is a public event and the community is welcome to come out to be part of it.