Pat Quinn, co-founder of the popular Ice Bucket Challenge, which led millions of people to accept it for a good cause, died this Sunday, November 22, 2020 in New York from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), known as the name of SLA. Lou Gehrig’s disease, ABC reported.
Quinn, 37, and the late Pete Frates, both diagnosed with ALS, began the challenge of raising funds for research and awareness.
Frates died last year at the age of 34.
In 2014, millions of people, including many celebrities, recorded videos of ice thrown over their heads and posted them on social media while defying others to do the same.
As a result, the movement raised $ 220 million, sparking a wave of research and development to find new treatments for the disease, which so far has no cure.
ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, causing progressive paralysis.
On November 20, Quinn posted a message to his Twitter account from the hospital.
“A new way of life after the tracheostomy, but it’s alive and I have things to do! The last time I left the hospital I came back a day later with pneumonia / shortness of breath” said the message.
“Go home for the second round today! Wish me luck! You better be there for a while!”
A new way of life after tracheostomy, but it’s LIVE and I’ve got some shit to do! The last time I left the hospital I was back a day later with pneumonia / difficulty breathing. Round 2 today to go home! Wish me good luck! I better be there for a while! # Quinn4theWin # Fights pic.twitter.com/s0Wnt0SAx8
– Pat Quinn (@PQuinnfortheWin) November 20, 2020