Ice bucket challenge co-founder Pat Quinn dies at 37 after seven-year battle with ALS

Eugene Rapay, Rockland/Westchester Journal News
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Pat Quinn, a motivational speaker and co-founder of the ice bucket challenge, died Sunday at the age of 37 after a seven-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The ice bucket video challenge became a viral sensation on social media in summer 2014.

Quinn remained committed to the fight against ALS, starting the Quinn for the Win foundation and giving talks at schools and events in Westchester, New York, and across the country.

Since the ice bucket challenge's inception, it has raised more than $250 million worldwide.

Pat Quinn, 33, of Yonkers was one of the key people to make the Ice Bucket Challenge go viral two years ago. Quinn, photographed at home Aug. 5, 2016, was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2013. A photo of Gehrig hangs behind him in his apartment.
Pat Quinn, 33, of Yonkers was one of the key people to make the Ice Bucket Challenge go viral two years ago. Quinn, photographed at home Aug. 5, 2016, was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2013. A photo of Gehrig hangs behind him in his apartment.

Quinn's foundation donned the colors of one of his favorite sports teams, the North Carolina Tar Heels. He also loved the New York Yankees.

Quinn was diagnosed with ALS in 2013.

ALS, often called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control. There is no cure for the fatal disease.

Quinn grew up in Yonkers and attended Iona Prep. He graduated in 2006 from Iona College, where he played rugby. The school dedicated the southwest corner of Mazzella Field as "Pat Quinn Corner." It awarded him the first Pat Quinn Courage Award in 2019.

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This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Pat Quinn dies. He was 37.