Co-Founder Of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Dies From ALS
Ice Bucket Challenge Became Popular On Social Media
Remember the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that gripped the internet not so long ago? Well, it's co-founder, Patrick Quinn, is sadly no more.
Patrick Quinn is credited with boosting the ‘greatest social media campaign in history’, raising more than $220m for ALS research.
The co-founder of the challenge has passed away after an extended battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Quinn shot to viral fame after coming up with the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness about the progressive nervous system disease that is characterized by loss of muscle control. He was 37 years old.
The Quinn for the Win Facebook page shared the update about Quinn’s death, posting:
"It is with great sadness that we must share the passing of Patrick early this morning. He was a blessing to us all in so many ways. We will always remember him for his inspiration and courage in his tireless fight against ALS."
The ALS Association credited Quinn on Sunday with helping popularise “the greatest social media campaign in history”, adding: “The Ice Bucket challenge dramatically accelerated the fight against ALS, leading to new research discoveries, expansion of care for people with ALS, and greater investment by the government in ALS research.
(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
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.