Patrick Quinn, co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, has passed away at age 37. He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) shortly after his 30th birthday. He partnered with Peter Frates, an ALS activist and captain of the Boston College baseball team, to create the Ice Bucket Challenge. The fundraiser – where participants were challenged to post a video of themselves dumping buckets of ice water over their heads – raised more than $220 million for ALS medical research and garnered the attention of celebrities including Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.
The staff at Accessibility Services, Inc. even joined in on the fun, raising money for the cause and posting our own Ice Bucket Challenge video:
ALS is now one of the most recognized diseases on the planet, thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge. The impact Mr. Quinn made in the fight again ALS continues as medical researchers make strides in developing new treatments as they progress toward finding a cure.
We salute you, Mr. Quinn. You may be gone, but your legacy and work toward finding a cure for ALS will continue to live on. Thank you. May you rest in peace.