College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Professor dedicates ice bucket challenge to students’ father

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has captured the nation’s attention made its way to Iowa State again. Gloria Starns, senior lecturer of mechanical engineering, dedicated her challenge to the deceased father of two former students.

“Two of my former students’ father was a victim of ALS,” Starns said. “I’ll be dedicating this challenge and the money I’m giving to ALS to him.”

The symptoms of ALS vary by victim. Some have a prolonged battle, while others succumb to ALS quickly. There is no known cause for the disease, but the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is raising awareness and money to search for both the cause and the cure for ALS.

The challenge, consisting of dumping a bucket of ice over one’s head, is a fun way that people are alerting the nation about the situation of those with ALS.

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