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Video: Symmetry Electronics Gets Soggy with the ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Symmetry Electronics has taken part in the ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge, and will be making a $500 donation to the ALS Association and a matching donation to a favorite local autism charity, The Frostig Center. The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised awareness and over $21 million for the ALS Association since July 29th, with many donations coming from over 260,000 new donors. The challenge has inspired over 1.2 million videos to be posted on Facebook, and over 2.2 million mentions on Twitter. Celebrities in all fields have taken part to help spread the word and raise funds.

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) attacks nerve cells, ultimately leading to total paralysis, and affects roughly 30,000 Americans. Life expectancy is typically two to five years from the time of diagnosis. There is currently no known cure for ALS, and only a few treatments available to alleviate the symptoms.

To add a little tech flair, and to make sure the water was really cold, we used an RFduino Temperature Logger to test the water in the buckets:

Before getting drenched, Symmetry President Ken Davison challenged Symmetry suppliers Telit, RF Digital, and Fujitsu to take part in the challenge as well. All three have donated to the ALS Association.

Watch Ken’s challenge, and watch the team get doused:

In addition to donating, Fujitsu’s Senior Director of Sales Bob Bandemir put in a special request to get Symmetry’s San Jose office involved. Bob asked that we dump a bucket of ice water on Symmetry’s Vice President of Marketing, David Beck. David (with the help of Clancy Barham, Vice President of Sales) was happy to comply:

We’re looking forward to seeing our Boston and Mexico teams get involved too!

Ready to get involved yourself? Take the Ice Bucket Challenge yourself, and donate to the ALS Association. 



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