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posted: 8/15/2014 2:14 PM

Going Ice Cold on a Hot Summer Day at Northwest Community Hospital

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Northwest Community Healthcare

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 14, 2014) -- It's cold, it's fun, and it's contagious.

NCH CEO Steve Scogna will trade in his suit and tie for a bucket of ice water at 10 a.m. on Friday for the Ice Bucket Challenge -- a fundraising event for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Dozens of NCH employees will join Scogna on the front lawn of the hospital in Arlington Heights for a mass bucket dumping.

NCH Nurse Margaret Rosano, a Mount Prospect resident, spearheaded the Ice Bucket Challenge at NCH to help raise awareness for ALS. Rosano has a relative who was diagnosed with ALS and she knows the effects of the neurodegenerative disease firsthand.

NCH's participation in the Ice Bucket Challenge is part of a fundraising phenomenon that asks those willing to douse themselves with the icy water to challenge others to do the same within 24 hours. Across the country, sports stars, movie stars, and groups of strangers and friends are joining together to recognize and support individuals with ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease, by participating in Ice Bucket Challenges.

Stop by NCH on Friday to find out who will be next to take the Ice Bucket Challenge.