Anthony Senerchia Jr., who served as an inspiration behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, died this past weekend after a battle with ALS. He was 46.
“Anthony’s positive attitude and fighting spirit helped him beat doctors’ expectations by living more than ten years beyond their prognosis,” his obituary stated. “If you asked Anthony, he would attribute this to his love and desire to be with his daughter Taya.”
The post continued, “Throughout his fight, Anthony maintained a positive attitude and would say ‘It’s not what we take from life, but what we give back to others is what ultimately defines us.'”
With that in mind, Anthony would create the Anthony Senerchia Jr. ALS Charitable Foundation.
As for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, it helped the ALS Association fund over 150 ongoing research projects and raised more than $115 million in eight weeks.