So sad. Friends and family gathered together on Aug. 21, to pay their final respects to Corey Griffin, one of the founders of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after he tragically drowned on Aug. 16.
Corey Griffin, one of the pioneers of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was laid to rest on Aug. 21, after passing away at the age of 27 following a tragic diving accident. Read below to see what Corey’s family and friends had to say about their loved one.
Corey Griffin Ice Bucket Challenge Dead
Friends and family gathered in St. Anthony’s Church in Cohasset, Massachusetts on Aug. 21, to lay Corey to rest. Corey tragically passed away after jumping from the roof of a two-story building and drowning on Aug. 16, according to a report from NewsDay. Those closest to the fallen humanitarian spoke out about what a great person Corey was and about the amazing influence that he had on others.
Anthony Aiello, who had been friends with Corey since boyhood told the Boston Globe, “I’ve never seen him happier than he was in his last few days. Corey was always happy, and that was easy to see, but in the last couple of weeks he was telling his family that everything was falling into place. Of his 27 years, I’d say the last few weeks were the best.”
Corey worked for Bain Capital’s venture capital division as an analyst in the internship program, and then stayed on for three years. Jeff Schwartz, a founding parter told NewsDay, ” because nobody wanted him to leave.”
His younger sister, Casey Griffin looked up to her big brother, saying, “I always wanted to be him, literally every single day. You’d think at 23 you’d want to be your own person, but I wanted to be with him, I wanted to be him, in everything he did,” she told the Boston Globe. “He had something about him that was just so special.”
Corey clearly was a special person who was beloved by everyone who was lucky enough to cross paths with him. Corey got the idea for the ice bucket challenge after his good friend, Pete Frates was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. Corey was inspired to help his friend and raise awareness for the disease. The ice bucket challenge took off, and raised over $20 million for ALS research.
On Aug. 18, FOX 25 Boston reported that between 1,200 and 1,500 Granite Telecommunications employees gathered in Quincy, Massachusetts for the largest ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ever.
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, the event had already been organized prior to Corey’s passing, but was quickly changed to honor him, and pay tribute to his amazing contribution to raising awareness for ALS.
The honorary event was also attended by Pete Frates’ family as well as Corey’s, where they were able to meet for the first time. John Frates, Peter’s father read out the statement below on his son’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.
— Caitlin Beck