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Grad’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Work Paying Off

Iona College Prayer Service for HealingIona students join Pat and Jen Quinn in an Ice Bucket Challenge event in September 2015  

The efforts of alumnus Pat Quinn ’06, one of the founders and leading advocates of ALS Foundation’s Ice Bucket Challenge, continue to show positive results.  Funds generated by the international fundraising and awareness-raising phenomena have helped move ALS research forward with the discovery of a gene connected to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The July 27 New York Times reported the story: The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Helped Scientists Discover a New Gene Tied to A.L.S.
See a July 27 story on News12 about Quinn and the research -- featuring several scenes of Ice Bucket Challenge events on Iona’s campus -- as well as stories about Pat in the Iona College Magazine this summer and in fall 2014, shortly after the Ice Bucket Challenge began (p. 26 of the magazine, p. 29 of the online publication – and see videos posted at the bottom of the magazine’s online extras page).  Pat was honored this spring by Iona with the Blessed Edmund Rice Humanitarian Award.
Quinn and his wife, Jennifer, a 2007 Iona graduate, also run a foundation to raise funds and awareness about ALS called Quinn for the Win.