According to the ALS Association, Patrick Quinn, who helped promote the Viral Ice Bucket Challenge, passed away on Sunday, which has raised 220 million dollars for global research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 37 years old.
Like Peter Frates and Anthony Senerchia, who both died of the disease, Quinn was praised for co-creating the 2014 challenge with the association, which became a virus and helps support research and treatment of ALS.
The men followed the trend; social media users filmed themselves being poured into a bucket of ice water and then nominated friends to do the same, which encouraged participants to donate to ALS research after completing the challenge.
ALS, also known as the New York Yankees superstar, has shortened his career and is known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This disease rapidly destroys the human body’s nerve cells, which control the movement, speech, eating, and even breathing muscles. There is no known treatment.
It turns out that the “Ice Bucket Challenge” is very popular, with millions of closely watched participants from Bill Gates to Lady Gaga and former President George W. Bush recording with top songs. It has also successfully raised awareness and funding for the disease.
Quinn is from Yonkers, New York, accompanied by Pat. He was diagnosed with the disease one month after his 30th birthday in 2013. He posted a photo of himself to Twitter in the hospital on November 20 (two days before his death), hoping that he could go home as soon as possible after breathing difficulties.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 20,000 people in the United States have ALS. The ALS Association says it usually occurs between the ages of 40 and 70, and the average life expectancy after the onset of symptoms is three years.
Quinn said in a crowd in Boston in 2019 after five years of social media campaigns, “The Ice Bucket Challenge has a sweet left hook attached to the ALS’s jaw, which shocked the disease.”
“But by no means this fight. We need to eliminate this disease.”
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