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Man who made ice-bucket challenge viral dies at 37

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The man who made the ice-bucket challenge viral, Patrick Quinn, died on Sunday. He was 37-years-old. Notably, it was Quinn’s personal battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) that boosted the ice-bucket challenge fundraising campaign.

Quinn died seven years after his diagnosis of ALS. He was diagnosed with ALS on March 8, 2013. The news of his demise was announced by his supporters on a social media platform.

The ice-bucket challenge went viral on social media in the summer of 2014, when people around the world posted videos and photos of themselves dumping buckets of ice water on their heads and challenging others to do the same while urging donations for ALS research.

$220 million raised for ALS research

According to his Facebook page, Patrick Quinn was born in New York’s Yonkers and grew up there. He was the co-founder of the ice-bucket challenge that raised $220 million. The donations were used for medical research into ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

“It is with great sadness that we must share the passing of Patrick early this morning. We will always remember him for his inspiration and courage in his tireless fight against ALS,” his supporters said on Facebook.

Roughly 12,000 to 15,000 Americans may have ALS, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An estimated 5% to 10% of ALS cases are believed to be hereditary, but the cause is unknown and there is no cure.

Among Quinn’s many honors for raising awareness of ALS and promoting research was a nomination with fellow ALS activist Peter Frates as “Person of the Year” by Time magazine. Frates died last year at age 34, seven years after his diagnosis.

Condolences pour in

Condolences to the Quinn family poured in on social media, with many expressing gratitude for the spotlight he drew to the disease and the need to find a cure.

 

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