Ice Bucket Challenge co-founder Pat Quinn dies at 37
Quinn’s passion in the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis helped launch the viral social media phenomenon that raised hundreds of millions for awareness and medical research.
who played an instrumental role in the viral Ice Bucket Challenge and who served as a passionate advocate for others with the disease, died Sunday at the age of 37.Quinn was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2013. By the following year, the Yonkers native helped popularized the social media sensation that raised funds for awareness and medical research into the progressive, neurodegenerative disease that has no cure.
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge co-founder Pat Quinn at the Washington Post's Ingenuity 2015 millennial entrepreneurship summit.Kate Warren / The Washington Post via Getty ImagesSince 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge, which is held every August, has raised $115 million for the ALS Association and over $220 million around the world for ALS research.
“It dramatically accelerated the fight against ALS, leading to new research discoveries, expanded care for people living with ALS, and significant investment from the government in ALS research,” theALS Associationwrote in a post honoring Quinn.“Pat fought ALS with positivity and bravery and inspired all around him. Those of us who knew him are devastated but grateful for all he did to advance the fight against ALS," the organization said. headtopics.comRead more: »
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