Originally published in Westchester Magazine.
July 24, 2015
By Julianne Cuba
Yonkers native Pat Quinn, diagnosed with ALS in 2013, is reigniting last year’s viral social media movement to raise money for research.
Remember last year’s Ice Bucket Challenge craze to raise money for ALS research? Well, it raised over $115 million!
Why stop there?
This year, on August 2, the City of Yonkers and Yonkers native Pat Quinn are co-hosting a re-launch of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for the progressive neurodegenerative disease.
Pat Quinn, who was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2013, spearheaded the event after last year’s huge success.
Proceeds will go towards “Quinn for the Win,” which benefits Quinn’s care and not-for-profit ALS research organizations.
“Pat Quinn’s fight and determination to combat this horrible disease has been nothing short of inspirational,” said the City of Yonkers Mayor Spano in a statement. “With Pat as our fearless leader, the City of Yonkers hopes to recharge the energy we all felt last summer as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge. We encourage any and all to join us on August 2 so we can continue to make strides in finding a cure to ALS.”
Participants will be given a bucket, provided by Home Depot, to be filled with ice and water. Then, all will partake in a simultaneous dropping of the ice water-filled bucket over their heads to reignite the viral social media movement.
Quinn, who also happened to be one of last year’s Ice Bucket Challenge originators, said, “I’m beyond grateful for the continued support from Mayor Mike Spano, City Council President Liam McLaughlin, and the entire City of Yonkers.”
“Last summer, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge brought new hope and a unified sense of fight to ALS patients all over the world,” Quinn stated. “We are now living by the mantra, ‘Every August Until A Cure.’ Although last summer did wonders for our battle, we still have no treatment. We still have no cure. Please join me August 2nd at Empire City Casino to kick off the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Yonkers. Not only will it be fun, you will be a part of something special.”