My name is Patrick Quinn and I am 31 years old. I was born and raised in Yonkers, NY in Westchester County, a graduate of both Iona Prep and Iona College. My life changed on March 8, 2013, I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) other wise known as Lou Gehrig ’s disease. I was always very active and took pride in being athletic. I never imagined the day I would not be able to shoot a basketball, or tie my own sneakers, but that day has come. I am a fighter and remain positive even through this difficult time. I thank my amazing family, friends, and especially my wife Jenn for keeping that internal fire to fight so strong! I know the road ahead may be difficult, but I am ready to give this disease everything I have and more. Let the battle begin….
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients begin to suffer from muscle weakness and muscle atrophy. They can lose the ability to easily handle simple tasks like shaving or buttoning a shirt. In the later stages of the disease, Patients may become completely paralyzed. ALS is a disease with no known cure.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken over social media and has received attention from everyone; ranging from movie stars, professional athletes and even former US President's. Our own Pat Quinn was a jump starter in the movement. The ALS Ice Bucket challenge originated in Westchester NY where individuals pour a bucket of ice water over their head to spread awareness about ALS. In turn, the individual would nominate a minimum of three other individuals to do the same to encourage awareness and explain that if the nomination was not met within 24 hours, they had to donate money to an ALS organization. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge made people ask, "Why are people dumping ice water on their head?? or " What is ALS?" and that was the intention from the very beginning. As a result of the popularity of the challenge, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised millions for various ALS organizations.
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