Patrick Quinn, Ice Bucket Challenge activist dies at age 37

Patrick Quinn, the Ice Bucket Challenge activist who was diagnosed of ALS dies at age 37
By Emeh Joy

Patrick Quinn, one of the major people behind the wildly popular Ice Bucket Challenge fundraising campaign, has died at age 37.

Patrick Quinn, who is from New York, was diagnosed with a neurological disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2013.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive disease of the nervous system. It affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to loss of muscle control.

According to Patrick Quinn's supporters on Facebook, he died on Sunday morning. They wrote on his Facebook page saying, "He was a blessing to us all in so many ways".

What was the Ice Bucket Challenge About?

The Ice Bucket Challenge actually did not begin with Patrick Quinn. However, Patrick Quinn, alongside his family and friends, played the key role in making it gain global popularity, especially on social media.

The challenge involves people dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads and posting the video on social media while challenging others to do the same or make a donation to ALS research.

The Ice Bucket Challenge, which is a fundraising campaign for ALS research gained much popularity that it had even the high profile participate in it.

Most of the times, people do both (dumping ice water over their head and donating to ALS research).

The Ice Bucket Challenge had attracted even high-profile participants like the famous American singer, Lady Gaga, the former U.S. President, George Bush, Oprah Winfrey and even President Donald Trump.

The Ice Bucket Challenge, which is a fundraising campaign for ALS research, has so far generated a whopping sum of $220m.

Last year, Pete Frates, a former college baseball star who was also a key figure in the ALS campaign had died at the age of 34.

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