Ice Bucket Challenge Co-Founder Patrick Quinn Dies at Age 37

The co-founder of the Ice Bucket Challenge that raised over $220 million for ALS medical research has passed away at the age of 37 last Nov. 22, seven years after his diagnosis of ALS.

The co-founder of the Ice Bucket Challenge that raised over $220 million for ALS medical research has passed away last Nov. 22, seven years after his diagnosis of ALS.

Patrick Quinn helped popularize “the greatest social media campaign in history,” the ALS Association and his supporters said, adding that the campaign “dramatically accelerated the fight against ALS, leading to new research discoveries, expansion of care for people with ALS, and greater investment by the government in ALS research.”

The campaign went viral in 2014 and had people around the world post photos and videos of dumping buckets of ice water on themselves while urging others to donate to the association and research and to take on the challenge.

Quinn founded the campaign with fellow ALS activist Pete Frates, who died in December last year at the age of 34.

Quinn was among the “ASL Heroes” the association awarded at their annual Leadership Conference in 2015.

Quinn was diagnosed with ALS on March 8, 2013, a month after his 30th birthday.

ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the legendary New York Yankees baseball player who suffered from it. 

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ALS is a fatal disease that attacks and kills the neurons that control voluntary movement. No known cure has been found and the exact causes of the disease have yet to be determined.

CDC also said that around 12,000 to 15,00 Americans reportedly have ALS.


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