The viral “ice-bucket challenge” has reportedly raised more than $13 million for the ALS Association in just the last few weeks. Now comes sad news that a friend of the ALS patient who first inspired the challenge died last weekend just hours after raising more than $100,000 for ALS treatment and research, NBC News reports.
Corey Griffin, 28, drowned in Nantucket Saturday while swimming.
NBC reports, “Griffin was friends with former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, whose family and friends launched the ice-bucket challenge to raise money to fight ALS [Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis], which Frates was diagnosed with in 2012, according to NBC affiliate WHDH. The challenge has led to $11.6 million more in donations to the ALS Association than they received during the same time last year, according to the organization.”
"Team FrateTrain lost a good friend today, Corey Griffin," Pete Frates wrote on his Facebook page Sunday, according to NBC. "He worked his butt off these last few weeks for ALS."
In recent weeks, the “ice-bucket challenge” has been taken up by everyone from music and sports stars to ordinary people, and is showing no sign of slowing down as people continue to challenge their friends. (Watch a video above of country star Hunter Hayes taking the challenge, then inspiring a group of his fans to do the same.)