‘Ice bucket challenge’ co-founder dies aged 37

Cheryl Sanders
November 23, 2020

To complete the challenge, people would dump a bucket of ice water over their heads and post the video to social media, challenging others to do the same or make a donation to ALS research.

Pat Quinn, one of the co-founders of the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, died Sunday at the age of 37, according to a statement from the ALS Foundation.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Pete Frates-the inspiration behind the challenge-died last December at age 34.

"Pat fought ALS with positivity and bravery and inspired all around him", it said. "Those of us who knew him are devastated but grateful for all he did to advance the fight against ALS".

The Ice Bucket Challenge did not begin with Quinn, but he and his family and friends helped it become a global social media phenomenon in the summer of 2014.

"It is with great sadness that we must share the passing of Patrick early this morning", his team wrote in a post in Quinn's ALS advocacy Facebook group, "Quinn for the Win". The stunt ended up raising over $220 million for ALS research, the Yonkers Times reported.

Ms Senerchia's husband had the disease. Thousands of people participated in the viral trend, including celebrities, sports stars and politicians - even Donald Trump before his election - helping to raise an estimated $200 million. ALS is a nervous system disorder that impacts nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to loss of muscle control.

The organisation added that Mr Quinn continued to raise awareness and funds after popularising the challenge. The cause of the disease is still unknown and no cure has been discovered yet.

In the USA it was named Lou Gehrig's disease, after the New York Yankees baseball great who also suffered from it.

He had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease, called ALS in the United States, a year before on March 8 2013.

The Ice Bucket Challenge, which swept social media starting in 2014, asked people to record themselves dumping a bucket of ice over their body.

"We will never stop fighting together".

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