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Pat Quinn, one of the co-founders of the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, died Sunday at the age of 37, according to a statement from the ALS Foundation.
In 2014 the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral, with more than 17 million people participating by pouring ice water on their heads to raise awareness for ALS, also known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.” 2.5 million people donated $115 million to the ALS Association in what the organization called the “single largest episode of giving outside of a disaster or emergency,” according to CNN.
“Pat fought ALS with positivity and bravery and inspired all around him. Those of us who knew him are devastated but grateful for all he did to advance the fight against ALS,” the ALS Foundation said in a news release. Quinn, who lived in Yonkers, New York, was 30 when he was diagnosed with ALS in March 2013. The ALS Association said that following his diagnosis, he established a group of supporters, “Quinn for the Win,” to raise awareness and funds for the fight against ALS.
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