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'Ice bucket challenge'

NY man with ALS gets support from friends and strangers

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When he was 31, Patrick Quinn, of Queens, received the life-changing news: he has ALS. It all started after a softball game in 2011.

"I played outfield so I figured I threw my arm out," Quinn said. "The next day I woke up and my left arm -- I'm a lefty -- was twitching."

After two years of countless medical tests, the diagnosis was final. Since then, Quinn has watched his body change. His arms are much thinner. His biceps and triceps have atrophied. His hands have lost all muscle.

But Quinn has been fighting the daily battle and getting inspiration from this: the ice bucket challenge. He took to Facebook to challenge his friends to dump a bucket of ice water on themselves or donate $100 to his foundation to raise awareness for ALS.

People are posting themselves doing the ice bucket challenge from all over the world.

Donations to the Quinn for the Win Foundation have been pouring in. That money will help pay for Pat's mounting medical bills. And he hopes to buy a home for his newly wedded wife.

"My wife Jen has been my rock -- she has done everything from day one. We started dating as it was starting, so it's amazing that she didn't run," he said. "I have a great family, great friends. There's no reason not to fight."

 

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