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According to the ALS Association as well as its supporters on Facebook, Patrick Quinn, whose personal battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped power the Ice Bucket Challenge fundraising campaign, has died at the age of 37, seven years after his diagnosis.
Born and raised in Yonkers, New York, Quinn was the co-founder of a movement that raised more than $220 million for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) medical study, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. On 8 March 2013, he was diagnosed with ALS.
Speaking of adversity & loss. RIP Patrick Quinn. Gratitude. pic.twitter.com/Mna00bpahL
— Steve Gleason – “Live Impossible” (@SteveGleason) November 23, 2020
He was 37 years old.
Ice Bucket Challenge Details
He helped the Ice Bucket Challenge go viral in 2014, which saw people record themselves before donating and nominating their mates before being immersed in cold water. It went on to raise more than $220 million for medical research into the disease (around £165 million).
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 12,000 to 15,000 Americans may have ALS. It is suspected that an estimated 5 to 10 percent of ALS cases are inherited, but the cause is unknown and there is no cure.
After a 7-year struggle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Patrick Quinn, co-creator of the Ice-Bucket Challenge, is dead. On Sunday, the ALS Association announced the news, writing, “We are deeply sorry to share that Pat Quinn passed away today. Pat was a co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and an inspiration to millions of people around the world.”
(1/4) We are deeply saddened to share that Pat Quinn, co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge passed away at the age of 37. Pat was diagnosed with ALS in 2013 and went on to help popularize the greatest social media campaign in history. pic.twitter.com/c5PiZHRZbE
— The ALS Association (@alsassociation) November 22, 2020
— AlexCam (@followalexcam) November 22, 2020