STORY AND PHOTOS BY JEREMY MOONEYHAM
The City of Yonkers joined ALS Ice Bucket Challenge co-founder Pat Quinn at Yonkers Raceway/Empire City Casino Sunday for their second annual charity event. Quinn is a Yonkers native who was diagnosed with ALS in 2013 and gained national recognition after assisting in the creation of one of the most successful global media campaigns in history.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and representatives from the RCT were among 400-plus participants at the “mass ice-water dunk” August 7 just outside the location’s Racetrack Oval. The gathering was one of the largest mass ice bucket challenge ever in the United States and may have eclipsed the record (pending confirmation).
Mayor Spano spoke to the crowd saying “Quinn’s fight and determination to combat this horrible disease has been nothing short of inspirational.” Pat Quinn, also known as “Quinn for the Win” said “this event and the hope and support of the public is all that keeps those with ALS going.”
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or “Lou Gehrigs Disease” is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. ALS usually strikes individuals between 40 and 70 years of age and the disease has no known cure. Approximately 20,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS. For more information on ALS visit alsa.org.
For additional information on Pat Quinn and his remarkable story visit www.QuinnfortheWin.com and www.facebook.com/QuinnfortheWin.