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Anthony Senerchia (1971 – 2017), inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Anthony Senerchia (1971 – 2017), inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Anthony Senerchia, who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, has died from the disease at the age of 46, according to lohud.com.

Senerchia was diagnosed with the disease in 2003 shortly after marrying his high school sweetheart, Jeanette Hane. 

He was an outstanding football player for Pellham Memorial High School. Earning a degree in civil engineering, he worked as a project manager for a New York City construction firm before starting his own contracting business, SCC Construction. 

Senerchia started a local youth football league, and his high school gives out an award each year in his name to a player with outstanding character and leadership qualities. 

After his diagnosis, he created the Anthony Senerchia Jr. ALS Charitable Foundation. The foundation funds ALS research and assists families whose loved ones have been stricken with the disease. 

In 2014, Jeanette Senerchia’s cousin, Chris Kennedy, a professional golfer, challenged her to participate in the ice bucket challenge. Kennedy is thought to be one of the first to do the challenge. The challenge would become a viral sensation. 

Jeanette told lohud.com, “He sent it to me as a joke and then it turned into something extraordinary.” 

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raised $115 million in 2014, with $89 million funding research for a treatment and cure, according to the ALS Association.

Jeanette Senerchia said that Anthony found inspiration from his 9 year old daughter, Taya. “It’s a difficult disease and tough when you’re losing,” “Your body is failing you. But he was a fighter… He was our light. He made our life better.”

His obituary suggests donations to a fund for his daughter Taya, as Anthony was not able to purchase a life insurance policy. 

You can make a donation to Taya’s fund here.

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