LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Executives from Lee Memorial Health System took the ice bucket challenge today, raising money for the local ALS clinic.
The clinic is one of only six multifaceted clinics in the state. It serves patients from 10 counties and can serve 250 patients at one given time. On the second Saturday of each month, ALS patients and their caregivers come to the clinic to receive care from doctors, therapists and other clinicians. This allows them to get care in one place, instead of going from doctor to doctor.
No patient is ever turned away, and the cost of one day at the clinic is $300. The Lee Memorial Health System Foundation actively raises money to support the clinic, but directors say until recently, few people have been aware of ALS.
To donate locally, you can send donations to LMHS ALS Clinic, P.O. Box 2218, Fort Myers, Fl. 33902.
Lee Memorial President Jim Nathan and Chief Operating Officer Larry Antonucci both took part in the challenge.
Alan Cunningham with the ALS Clinic says he's excited to see all the attention it's getting. "I think it's our turn, if you will. We've tried to raise money every year and we do have some wonderful volunteers in our area that will raise funds throughout the year but now getting the national attention and raising money beyond our wildest dreams, this is really going to put a smile on the faces of our patients and families and caregivers."