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Chancellor Hawgood Accepts the Challenge

By Leland Kim


On a cold and windy afternoon at the Parnassus campus, UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS, accepted the #ALSIceBucketChallenge from Leigh Morgan, chief operating officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Decked out in his orange UCSF 150th anniversary T-shirt and a blue UCSF tie, the chancellor came prepared. He also showed up with a huge glass punchbowl filled with cold water and chunks of ice.

As a researcher, a clinician and an educator, Chancellor Hawgood believes in supporting those, including the team at the ALS Center at UCSF, who are working to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

In addition to accepting the challenge, he has also made a personal contribution to the ALS Association, which has received $41.8 million in donations so far since the #icebucketchallenge went viral a month ago.

In keeping with the format of the campaign, Chancellor Hawgood challenges UCSF Department of Urology Chair Peter Carroll, MD, and the UCSF Neuro ICU team.

Let us know about your UCSF-related ice bucket challenge in the comment section below.