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Chancellor Carol L. Folt took the ALS Ice Bucket challenge on Wednesday with some help from a group of Carolina students and resident advisors.

“Do it. Go Heels!” Folt said just before the students dumped a bucket of ice water over her head in front of the Old Well.

The Ice Bucket Challenge is meant to raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Since July 29, the ALS Association and its 38 chapters have received $4 million in donations, the association said Tuesday.

Students dump ice water on Chancellor Folt.
Folt cheered “Go Heels” just before she was doused with water.

Those who are challenged are supposed to have ice water dumped over their heads then challenge others to do the same — or make a donation to fight ALS within 24 hours. Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt nominated Folt via Twitter on Tuesday night, and Folt did both, saying she would also donate $100 to the ALS Association.

Just before she was doused by ice, Folt challenged N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson and Dr. Chafic Karam, a UNC assistant professor of neurology. Karam’s research focuses on ALS. Karam watched as Folt was soaked with the contents of a Carolina blue bucket, and then he took the challenge, himself.

Photo by Melanie Busbee, video by Rob Holliday and story by Natalie Vizuete, Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Published Aug. 13, 2014