As students head back to school, some Catholic schools are taking the lead in ensuring that the challenge continues to raise awareness of ALS, but also that the donations from the challenge are well used.
On Friday, Superintendent Richard Thompson launched the Archdiocese of Denver's Catholic Schools Ice Bucket Challenge in which he dared three school principals to take the challenge.
Thompson explained in a YouTube video on Friday that a worthy charity for the challenge funds would be the John Paul II Medical Research Institute.
The John Paul II Medical Research Institute, he states, focuses on the most ethical and cost-effective way of conducting medical research to help develop therapies and cures for a variety of diseases, including ALS, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's. The institute's Web site notes that its research is done "with an emphasis on medical bioethics that is consistent with the dignity of human life."
Archdiocese of Cincinnati Superintendent of Catholic School Jim Rigg took part in the ice bucket challenge Thursday morning. With the principal of Elder High School, Tom Otten, Rigg was soaked with a large bucket of icy water, as the students cheered. Both Otten and Rigg made a donation to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute.