Patrick Quinn, whose private battle with Lou Gehrig’s illness helped energy the Ice Bucket Problem fundraising marketing campaign, has died aged 37, seven years after his prognosis, based on the ALS Affiliation and his supporters on Fb.

Quinn, who was born and grew up in Yonkers, New York, was co-founder of the marketing campaign that raised greater than $220m for medical analysis into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), extra generally often called Lou Gehrig’s illness. He was recognized with ALS on eight March 2013.

The ALS Affiliation credited Quinn on Sunday with serving to popularise “the best social media marketing campaign in historical past”, including: “The Ice Bucket problem dramatically accelerated the combat towards ALS, resulting in new analysis discoveries, growth of look after individuals with ALS, and better funding by the federal government in ALS analysis.”

Condolences to the Quinn household poured in on social media on Sunday evening, with many expressing gratitude for the highlight he drew to the illness and the necessity to discover a treatment. His supporters stated on Fb: “We are going to at all times bear in mind him for his inspiration and braveness in his tireless combat towards ALS.”

The ALS Affiliation

(1/4) We’re deeply saddened to share that Pat Quinn, co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Problem handed away on the age of 37. Pat was recognized with ALS in 2013 and went on to assist popularize the best social media marketing campaign in historical past.

November 22, 2020

The Ice Bucket Problem went viral on social media in the summertime of 2014, when individuals world wide posted movies and images of themselves dumping buckets of ice water on their heads and difficult others to do the identical whereas urging donations for ALS analysis.

Roughly 12,000 to 15,000 Individuals might have ALS, based on the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. An estimated 5% to 10% of ALS circumstances are believed to be hereditary, however the trigger is unknown and there’s no treatment.

Amongst Quinn’s many honours for elevating consciousness of ALS and selling analysis was a nomination with fellow ALS activist Peter Frates as Time journal particular person of the yr. Frates died final yr aged 34, seven years after his prognosis.

With Reuters