NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - We first met Pat Quinn on August 1, 2014. Fox 5 was one of the first media outlets to broadcast the co-founder of the Ice Bucket Challenge. But when we met with him a year later, it was clear ALS was affecting his every day.
And today, the 33-year-old can no longer walk, use his hands, or speak. Pat lost his voice and was only able to communicate through a robotic computer voice but was determined to get his own back.
The ALS Association teamed up with voice-banking technology company Lyrebird and gave Pat the power to use his own voice. The new technology was paid for with some of the $220 million in funds raised by the viral Ice Bucket Challenge, which is one of the largest medical fundraising campaigns in history.
The ALS Association's Brian Frederick told Fox 5 that after watching Pat's success, the association launched Project Revoice, which will allow the 20,000 people living with ALS to save their voices. In the next few weeks, people can start registering for the voice-banking feature at projectrevoice.org.
Since Pat gave the ALS community a voice, he is now able to get his own back.