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West Valley Hospital hosts Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 22

8/22/2014 12:00:00 AM

GOODYEAR – (Aug. 21, 2014) – Abrazo Health’s West Valley Hospital physicians, staff and board members will have ice buckets dumped on them to raise awareness about ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

They will line up in front of the hospital near the flag pole for the Ice Bucket Challenge at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. The hospital is at 13677 W. McDowell Road, Goodyear.

West Valley Hospital board chair Sean Thompson suggested the challenge in honor of his mother, Sheila, who died from ALS in 1997.

“This cause is important to me having lost my mom to such a terrible disease and having the hospital staff step up and do this with me means a lot,’’ Thompson said. “As a board member, I thought it would be a good show of support for a hospital to get behind a good cause.’’

Part of the Ice Bucket Challenge is to ask others to accept the challenge. Thompson’s best friend in Oklahoma took the challenge last week in honor of Thompson’s mother and Thompson was inspired to organize a challenge at West Valley Hospital.

Across the country, people are joining the #IceBucketChallenge to raise awareness and money for ALS. People are encouraged to discuss their own challenges through social media with #IceBucket Challenge.

About Abrazo Health

As the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, Abrazo Health is committed to providing excellent medical care to the residents of Maricopa County. The Abrazo system includes six acute care hospitals: Arizona Heart Hospital, Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital and West Valley Hospital; with a combined 1,059 licensed beds, North Peoria Emergency Center and West Valley Emergency Center.

About ALS Association

The ALS Association is a national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease. For more information about the ALS Association, visit www.alsa.org.

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