Ice Bucket Challenge co-creator Patrick Quinn dies at age 37

Clay Curtis
November 23, 2020

A Hudson Valley man, responsible for popularizing the Ice Bucket Challenge has passed away at the age of 37.

A co-founder of the ALS ice bucket social media challenge which raised more than $200m for research has died.

Quinn, a New Yorker, was diagnosed with the incurable neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2013. Frates who passed away in 2019, had established a group of supporters to help spread awareness of ALS and help raise funds.

The ALS Association confirmed Quinn's passing this week, saying: "Pat fought ALS with positivity and bravery and inspired all around him. While Pat was known to the world as one of the founders of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, in Yonkers, he was more than that - he was one of us, someone who fought until the very end for the betterment of others", Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano told the local paper. "He was a blessing to us all in so many ways", they said. The challenge involved people posting videos of themselves having icewater dumped on their heads, then naming someone else to do the same over social media.

The disease is named after Lou Gehrig, the famous baseball player who retired in 1939 because of the condition.

When the two picked it up, the phenomenon exploded, the organization said.

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"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".

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

The Ice Bucket Challenge took social media by storm in the summer of 2014, making Quinn an internet sensation.

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

The ALS Association honored Quinn in 2015 for his contribution to the fight against the disease, bestowing the ALS Heroes award on him in recognition of the positive impact he had made against Lou Gehrig's disease.

Little is known about the causes of the disease, and there is no cure.

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