On Monday, Sept. 8 Ephraim City met Snow Colleges ice bucket challenge. Ephraim residents gathered in the rain to show support for Kailey Ray.
“I found out last week that I have ALS,” explained Kailey Ray, a sophomore at Snow College,
“but I’m trying to stay positive. I can’t believe so many people are here for me.”
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also referred to as ALS, is a neurodegenerative disease that
progressively spreads throughout the body, causing weakness and muscle loss.
In hopes to raise awareness about this disease, and eventually find a cure, the ALS Association developed the “ice bucket challenge.” Through this challenge, the Association has raised over 40 million dollars for the cause. The challenge has swept the nation: millions of Americans are dumping ice water on themselves and nominating their friends and family to do the same.
Snow College had previously met this challenge on Thursday, August 21 a crowd of students, faculty, and friends gathered under the bell tower, and willingly dumped gallons of freezing water on themselves, to support Snow College student Kailey Ray.
Cindy Averett, an advisor at Snow College whose sister passed away three years ago of ALS, was nominated by a family member to participate in the challenge, and she enthusiastically accepted.
Averett stated, “I wanted to make this (challenge) special, not just for my sister, but for Kailey.”
“I love Kailey,” exclaimed Averett, “and when she told me about her diagnoses my heart broke.”
Just hours after her nomination, Cindy gathered office members, food staff, and the president of Snow College, to participate in a group ice bucket challenge in Kailey’s honor.
The gathering, support, and outpouring of love for Kailey was so impressive that KSL reporter
Sam Penrod covered the story on the local news.
“It’s truly amazing to see the Snow College Badger family come together for this cause,” said
academic advisor Amie Anderson, “there is so much love and support for Kailey, and this really
brings the reality of the disease home to us at Snow.”
Though dumping ice-cold water on each other may only momentarily catch a student’s attention,
Kailey hopes others will grasp the true spirit of the challenge and donate to the cause with the
goal of finding a cure.