“Every August Until a Cure”
Pat Quinn was a native of Yonkers, New York and was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2013, just one month after his 30th birthday. Immediately after his diagnosis, Pat vowed to make a difference for others living with the disease. He fulfilled that promise, establishing himself as a leader in the ALS community, spreading awareness, raising funds for research, and becoming a champion for the cause.
In 2014, Pat co-founded the viral fundraising phenomenon, the Ice Bucket Challenge, alongside Pete Frates and others. ALS was a relatively unknown disease at the time, and the Ice Bucket Challenge not only increased awareness, but also raised $220 million worldwide for research, awareness, and local care.
“ALS is a disease that never stops attacking. It’s relentless, unforgiving, and discriminates against no man or woman. We need to make a change and we need to start now. The Ice Bucket Challenge was an amazing start, but we need to push further” – Pat Quinn
Since the Ice Bucket Challenge, Pat has continued working tirelessly as an ALS advocate, raising funds for research and spreading awareness through Quinn for the Win.
“I was put on this earth to make a difference in the course of such a horrific disease, and I also believe my tough Irish blood has something to do with that.”
Pat passed away on November 22, 2020 at the age of 37, but his legacy will live on in the hearts of the ALS community. Thank you, Pat, for your tireless work to advance research so that one day, we can create a world without ALS.