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Co-founder of “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” drowns at age 27

Posted by on Aug. 20, 2014 at 11:45 PM
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Co-founder of "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" drowns at age 27EnlargeBeryl Lipton douses Matt Lee during the ice bucket challenge in Boston, Aug. 7, 2014 to raise funds and awareness for ALS. (Credit: AP/Elise Amendola)

Philanthropist Corey Griffin died on Aug. 16 at the age of 27. Griffin helped co-found the viral “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,” which has swept across the world this summer. The young man began actively raising money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, after his friend Pete Frates was diagnosed, the Boston Globe reported.

“Helping out was nothing new for Griff,” Frates wrote on Facebook, the Independent reported.“He held his own event for me back in 2012, just a few months after diagnosis. He worked his butt off these last few weeks for ALS.  We texted everyday, planning and scheming ways to raise funds and plan events.”

Griffin drowned off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, in a diving accident. At 2:00 a.m. he dove from the top of Juice Guys — a popular diving spot for locals, located on the Straight Wharf. He apparently surfaced once, but was then pulled under by the waves.

Earlier that night, the Independent stated, the 27-year-old helped raised $100,000 at a fundraiser for ALS.



http://www.salon.com/2014/08/20/co_founder_of_als_ice_bucket_challenge_drowns_at_age_27/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflowo



by on Aug. 20, 2014 at 11:45 PM
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by Platinum Member on Aug. 20, 2014 at 11:46 PM

That sucks

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by Member on Aug. 20, 2014 at 11:47 PM
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Awwwww no way!
So sad!
R.I.P he helped many!
He did a great deed
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