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How The Ice Bucket Challenge Founder Lost His Battle With ALS, But May Still Win The War

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The death of Anthony Senerchia has hit close to home for many people. A life that was brief, but far reaching for many people due to his lasting impact on the ALS community.

Senerchia was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2006, and was a civil engineer, a former football star, and had a happy family before succumbing to the disease at the age of 46.

After his diagnosis, Senerchia knew he had to try and do something with his life in order to make a difference in this world. He began the Anthony Senerchia Jr. ALS Charitable Foundation, which directs funding ALS research and helps families with relatives suffering from ALS.

However he is known for the viral internet sensation, the "Ice Bucket Challenge," where people around the world would record a video of them dumping ice water onto their bodies, replicating the feeling of ALS symptoms.

Participants who completed the challenge would then nominate someone else to do the same, and would have 24 hours to participate, or make a charitable donation towards the cause.

The response was incredible.

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