Ice Bucket Challenge co-creator Patrick Quinn dies at age 37
Patrick Quinn whose personal battle with ALS helped power the Ice Bucket Challenge fundraising campaign,
died on Sunday at age 37, seven years after his diagnosis, supporters announced on Facebook.
Quinn, who was born and grew up in Yonkers, New York, was co-founder of the campaign that raised more than
$220 million for medical research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s
On Friday he tweeted that he had had a tracheostomy – a procedure to insert an opening in the neck to
place a tube into a person’s windpipe.
‘A new way of life after tracheostomy, but it’s LIVING & I got s*** to do!’ he said.
‘Last time I left the hospital, I was right back 1 day later with pneumonia/struggling to breathe.
‘Round 2 today of going home! Wish me luck! I better be there for a while!’
Condolences to the Quinn family poured in on social media, with many expressing gratitude for the spotlight
he drew to the disease and the need to find a cure.
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.
Roughly 12,000 to 15,000 Americans may have ALS, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. An estimated 5% to 10% of ALS cases are believed to be hereditary, but the cause is unknown
and there is no cure.
Among Quinn’s many honors for raising awareness of ALS and promoting research was a nomination
with fellow ALS activist Peter Frates as “Person of the Year” by Time magazine. Frates died last year at age 34,
seven years after his diagnosis.