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Ice Bucket Challenge Co-Creator Patrick Quinn Has Died At 37

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Ice Bucket Challenge Co-Creator Patrick Quinn Has Died At 37

Patrick Quinn, the co-creator of the viral Ice Bucket Challenge, has died at the age of 37.

He, along with Pete Frates, started online trend that saw people all over the world tip icy cool water over their heads to raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, which is a type of motor neurone disease.

The condition weakens the muscles in the body and there is no known cure.

Quinn was diagnosed with ALS seven years ago and his public battle helped inspire millions of people.

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A message has been written on his Facebook page, which read: "It is with great sadness that we must share the passing of Patrick early this morning. He was a blessing to us all in so many ways. We will always remember him for his inspiration and courage in his tireless fight against ALS."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Quinn and Frates' campaign has helped raise more than $250 million, which has been funnelled into the study and treatment of the debilitating and deadly disease.

Frates was largely seen as the face of the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign, however it was Quinn who noticed online challenges were a great way of driving awareness for an issue. He took inspiration from another viral trend and asked people to donate to ALS.

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Frates died last year and was aged just 34.

A statement from his family touched on how big an impact he made in the ALS community and how their Ice Bucket Challenge helped so many around the world.

"Pete was an inspiration to so many people around the world who drew strength from his courage and resiliency.

"A natural born leader and the ultimate teammate, Pete was a role model for all, especially young athletes, who looked up to him for his bravery and unwavering positive spirit in the face of adversity. He was a noble fighter who inspired us all to use our talents and strengths in the service of others.

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"Remarkably, Pete never complained about his illness. Instead, he saw it as an opportunity to give hope to other patients and their families. In his lifetime, he was determined to change the trajectory of a disease that had no treatment or cure.

"As a result, through his determination - along with his faithful supporters, Team Frate Train - he championed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In August of 2014, the historic movement pioneered social media fundraising and garnered donations globally that resulted in better access to ALS care, genetic discoveries, treatments and, someday, a cure. He was a beacon of hope for all."

Featured Image Credit: Quinn For The Win/Facebook

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