Lori Gentles Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Lori Gentles, Vice President Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion at Cal State Fullerton stepped up for the ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeOpens in new window

ALS ("Lou Gehrig's Disease") is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. As nerve cells are affected, muscle control is lost, eventually leading to complete paralysis.

The cause of ALS is not completely understood, but recent years have brought a wealth of new scientific understanding regarding the physiology of this disease. No cure or treatment available today halts or reverses ALS. There is one drug, riluzole, that can slow the progression. Other drugs and treatments are being developed, many already in clinical trials. At present, there are devices and therapies that help manage the symptoms of ALS and prolong survival. ALS is a variable disease; no two people have the same experience. To learn more about the personal stories of people with ALS who are living fully, click hereOpens in new window . As one man put it, "I've made ALS part of my life, not my whole life."

Originally challenged by Amir Dabirian, Lori in turn has challenged Cal State Fullerton's Chris Brown, Jack Bedell, John Bruschke, Chief Dennis DeMaio, and Ann Camp.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is raising awareness of this disease and providing fundraising for research and treatments. The staff, management and faculty of Cal State Fullerton are Titan-proud of their participation in the ALS cause.

Lori Gentles completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Opens in new window