ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Founder Pat Quinn

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Creator Seeks To Revive ALS Ice Bucket Challenge In Yonkers

July 11, 2018 - 2:28 pm

YONKERS, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- One of the creators of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is hoping to recapture the magic of the first time around four years ago.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported Wednesday on this year’s dousing in Yonkers.

In his wheelchair, Pat Quinn radiates optimism with his eyes. He helped create the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014.

For the announcement for the next one at the Yonkers Raceway on Aug. 4, Quinn prepared a little speech.

ALS has stolen Quinn’s his voice. A computer program recreates it, but the sun interfered with the control screen, so his father did the honors.

“The Ice Bucket Challenge symbolizes hope for what is often looked at as a hopeless situation. Yonkers is one of the first cities in the world to participate in the initial Ice Bucket Challenge,” Quinn’s father said. “The worldwide phenomenon has changed the course of this disease. More ALS research is being done right now than ever before. Genes have been discovered that are giving researchers real pathways of figuring this disease out.”

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano borrowed a phrase from Quinn.

“We will be here every August until a cure,” he said.