Saint Peter’s staff take Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS research and education

August 22, 2014


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Staff members from Saint Peter's University Hospital took the Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday to help raise awareness about ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and are encouraging fellow healthcare workers throughout New Jersey to follow suit in support of the cause.

The Ice Bucket Challenge to aid ALS research has become a social media sensation since July, as an estimated 15 million people have doused themselves with ice water in videos posted via Facebook. Participants include the young and the old, celebrities, and even politicians, including Chris Christie, New Jersey’s governor. The ALS Association has received $41.8 million in donations as a result, compared to $2.1 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 21). Those donations have come from existing donors and 739,275 new donors to the association as a result of the Ice Bucket Challenge.

“I got challenged by my exercise group and then I challenged the whole ICU (Intensive Care Unit),” said Mila Shymkiv, a nurse in the Saint Peter’s ICU and a resident of Middlesex Borough. “Then someone suggested that we do a group Ice Bucket Challenge. We were inspired to do it as something positive to educate people about ALS and raise public awareness about the disease. The idea grew from there and we had people from other departments outside of the ICU take part in the challenge.”

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About Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics, women’s services, and ambulatory care. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including pediatric cardiology through its affiliation with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine and is a major clinical affiliate with Rutgers University Biomedical and Health Sciences.  Saint Peter’s also sponsors residency programs in radiology and orthopedic surgery. Visit for more information. 

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