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A Reading List Tribute to Pat Quinn

Yonkers Public Library (YPL) is saddened to learn of the death of Yonkers native Pat Quinn at age 37. 

Pat Quinn is best known for championing the Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral campaign in 2014 embraced by everyone from LeBron James to Oprah Winfrey.  In doing so, he helped raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as A.L.S.), and over $220 million to fight the disease.

In honor of Pat Quinn and his too-short but inspiring life, YPL has curated a list of books about others who faced adversity from diseases. In many cases, the books’ subjects – like Pat – used their struggles as an opportunity to advocate for others by advancing research, awareness and understanding.