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Man Who Inspired ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Dies at Age 46

01 December 2017

ANTHONY SENERCHIA, one of the co-founders of the Ice Bucket Challenge that swept social media in 2014, has died at the age of 46.

Mr. Senerchia was believed to have been the first person to livestream pouring water over himself in an attempt to raise awareness of and attract funding for research into ALS, otherwise known as "Motor Neurone" or 'Lou Gehrig's Disease'.

He was originally diagnosed with the disease in 2003 shortly after he married his wife Jeanette and was told he only had a few years to live, the report said. "Your body is failing you. He made our life better".

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In Pelham, he helped create a youth football league and each year his high school honors an athlete who exhibits character, strength and leadership with an award in Senerchia's name. But when Kennedy passed along the challenge to others, he chose the ALS Association as a beneficiary because of Anthony Senerchia's battle with the disease. ALS Charitable Foundation. The foundation funds ALS research and aids families whose loved ones have been stricken with the disease.

The "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" began in 2014 when his wife's cousin, professional golfer Chris Kennedy, encouraged her to take part in the challenge, and dumped a bucket of ice water voer her head.

Man Who Inspired ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Dies at Age 46