The death of Corey Griffin, one of the pioneers behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, has been honored with a moving tribute.
Corey Griffin passed away at the age of 27 on August 16 following a tragic diving accident, just weeks after his project — the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — went totally viral. A new, moving tribute honors Corey’s instrumental role in raising over $20 million to ALS research. Watch below.
Corey Griffin: Tribute Honors Dead ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Founder — Watch
In Quincy, Massachusetts, between 1,200 and 1,500 Granite Telecommunications employees gathered for the largest ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ever, according to a report from FOX 25 Boston. The company had around “one thousand bags of ice and God knows how many buckets,” said on organizer.
The event had already been organized when Corey passed away on August 16, but was changed to honor Corey’s incredible contributions to the ALS cause, bringing his family together with his friend Pete Frates‘.
Pete Frates: ‘Corey Griffin Spent His Last Days Making This Donation A Reality’
Pete was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, and it was his good friend’s struggle which inspired Corey to come up with the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise both money and awareness for the cause.
Both the Frates and Griffin families attended the Quincy, Mass. event on August 18 and met for the first time. Pete’s father, John Frates, read out the following statement on Pete’s behalf:
“Corey has been a member of team FrateTrain since the very beginning. Corey Griffin spent his last days making this donation a reality. Please be sure to send your love to the Griffin family during their time of need.”
Our thoughts go out to Corey’s friends and family during this difficult time. Have you accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?
— Amanda Mitchell