Meet the man behind viral ALS ice bucket challenge

No one is more excited than Pat Quinn to see the ice bucket challenge go viral. (CNN/NEWS 12 WESTCHESTER, INC.)

YONKERS, N.Y. (CNN/NEWS 12 WESTCHESTER, INC.) — You’ve seen it. You’ve probably even taken part in it. We’re talking about the ALS ice bucket challenge. Now, you get to meet the man behind it.

“It’s caught on like wildfire,” said Pat Quinn.

No one is more excited than Pat Quinn to see the ice bucket challenge go viral.

“It’s gotten too crazy,” said Quinn.

Everyone from Jimmy Fallon, to Justin Timberlake to Rob Astorino are getting soaking wet for a good cause.

“It’s pretty funny when you see celebrities and superstar athletes dumping an ice bucket for ALS,” said Quinn. “It just means we made it, in a way.”

Quinn is one of the people responsible for this viral sensation. He was born and raised in Yonkers and diagnosed with the devastating neurological disease last year.

“It’s not easy,” said Quinn. “It’s limited my ability to be active.”

Shortly thereafter, he quickly became one of the disease’s biggest advocates.

“I feel like it’s my purpose in life; it’s my mission, to be here, to make a change,” said Quinn.

Last month, after seeing a friend post the ice bucket challenge video that didn’t quite catch on, Quinn got his friends involved, and the rest — as they say — is history.

“Something like an ice bucket challenge, where people just say ALS, the awareness gets out there, maybe a few more people will look it up,” said Quinn.

The goal is that they hopefully then get involved in the cause.

“Why stop now?” said Quinn. “You have a shot at changing the world, in a way, and there’s no reason to stop having fun … not only have fun, but you’re creating awareness for a disease that has something special that’s happening. God-willing, a cure could come.”

Quinn has created a foundation called Quinn 4 The Win that’s raised thousands of dollars for ALS research. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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