The ALS Association says,Anthony Senerchia credited as one of the co-founders of the viral “Ice Bucket Challenge” that swept social media in 2014 has died at the age of 46 after a years long battle with the condition known as Lou Gerhig’s disease.
The Anthony Senerchia Jr. ALS Charitable Foundation website says the Pelham, New York, native died early Saturday.
In a video released by the ALS Association, Senerchia’s wife, Jeanette, discusses how she helped launch the challenge by dumping a bucket of icy water on herself in 2014 and posting the video to Facebook. The challenge really took off when it reached friends of Pete Frates, a former baseball star at Boston College who was also fighting ALS.
The ALS Association is an American nonprofit organization that raises money for research and patient services, promotes awareness about and advocates in state and federal government on issues related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.