Ice Bucket Challenge Co-Founder Pat Quinn Dies at 37
Pat Quinn has died at the age of 37 on Sunday, according to the ALS Foundation, following a seven-year journey with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive condition that leads to a loss of neurons that control muscles.
Quinn and Pete Frates, another person who lived with ALS, created the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2015 to raise awareness about the condition and funding for research. People who were nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge had the option to dump a bucket of cold water on themselves, mimicking some ALS symptoms, or donate to help ALS research. The ALS Foundation reported “the Ice Bucket Challenge went on to raise $115 million for the ALS Association and over $220 million around the world for ALS research.”
Quinn for the Win, a Facebook page that gave updates about Quinn’s life as well as information on ALS research and events, confirmed his death yesterday. People wrote about Quinn’s advocacy and character in the comment section.
It is with great sadness that we must share the passing of Patrick early this morning. He was a blessing to us all in…
Posted by Quinn for the Win on Sunday, November 22, 2020
Supporters and Quinn’s beloved baseball team, the New York Yankees, wrote about Quinn’s impact on ALS advocacy and offered their condolences on social media.
RIP to my buddy Pat Quinn. Words can never describe what a hero he was & the good he did for the world with the #icebucketchallenge. He was a great friend & inspirational crusader. Let’s keep his fight alive & support the @alsassociation ???? pic.twitter.com/ZAv1OfoAgW
— Tara Jakeway (@tarajakewaytv) November 22, 2020
Rest In Peace Pat Quinn. You are a hero and a legend. Thank you. https://t.co/p50dYYLimV
— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) November 23, 2020
New York Yankees statement on the passing of Pat Quinn: pic.twitter.com/1XXAYI56Pp
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) November 23, 2020
Image via ALS Foundation