ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Hits Home at Noyes Library

Event honored library foundation's co-president, suffering from ALS


Noyes Children's Library supporters douse themselves with ice water on Saturday to raise money for ALS research and bring attention to the library's efforts to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.

Noyes Children's Library Foundation

It was a chilly, wet Saturday at the Noyes Children’s Library, and that had nothing to do with the pouring rain.

The viral Internet sensation, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, hit home, with local politicians, residents, library patrons and foundation board members taking part in the popular but chilly challenge to pour freezing water over their heads. The Ice Bucket Challenge is a fund-raiser for the ALS Association, which is seeking to find a cure for the disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

But the library’s event had a more personal connection. It celebrated the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation’s co-president, Jan Jablonski, who is coping with advancing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Her condition is so severe, it prohibits her from being able to enter the library.

And the event drew attention to renovations at Noyes that would make the county building accessible to those with physical disabilities. The Foundation is working to partner with Montgomery County to fund the project.

“This Ice Bucket Challenge is a perfect chance to highlight the need for support in the fight against ALS, while also pointing out just how many places are not accessible to people with physical challenges,” said Sheila Dinn, Jablonski’s co-president. “Jan has done so much for early literacy outreach because she loves Noyes and loves children – and she can no longer even get into the library.”

Participants in the library’s challenge included Montgomery County Council member George leventhal and Maryland Delegate Al Carr.

The foundation is accepting donations on its website for both the ALS Association and its Make MORE Noyes campaign to make the library accessible and double the usable space, all within the existing footprint of the 121-year old building.

Back to Bethesda Beat

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Articles

Blair High Student Creates Voting-Year Stickers To Put Politicians on Notice

Silver Spring teen said she’s made tens of thousands of stickers for March For Our Lives

North Bethesda Property Owner Plans “Heroic” Office Tower, Active Adult Housing Near Pike & Rose

Guardian Realty LLC proposes three new buildings arranged around its corporate office

MCPS Weather Closures Push Last Day of Classes to June 15

Wednesday marked the fifth time this year that schools closed because of wintery conditions

State Lawmaker Withdraws Controversial Cell Antenna Bill; D.C. Metro Funding Proposal Could Impact Uber, Lyft Prices

News, announcements and other helpful links for Thursday
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »

Beautiful and Spacious

Potomac $1,450,000

Custom Dream Home

Bethesda $2,695,000

Renovated and Expanded

Bethesda $1,425,000

Lovely Home in Chevy Chase View

Kensington $1,949,000

Stunning River Views

Potomac $2,770,000
Edit Module


Your Guides to Leading
Local Professionals

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module

Edit Module