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Man Who Inspired ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Passes Away

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So, so sad…

This past weekend, Anthony Senerchia Jr. — who is considered to have inspired the famous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — passed away at 46 after battling the illness for 14 years.

The Pelham, New York-native leaves behind his wife, Jeanette Hane Senerchia, and daughter, Taya.

Related: Celebrities Taking The Ice Bucket Challenge!

According to his obituary:

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Dad Behind The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Has Run Out Of Money To Cover His Own Medical Bills

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Pete Frates needs your help!

Pete Frates, the man who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and even helped to raise over $200 million for research, is struggling to pay for his own care.

For those who don't know, the 32-year-old behind the viral charity challenge has been left nearly entirely paralyzed due to the debilitating disease.

Related: Maria Menounos Waited To Tell Her Parents About Her Brain Tumor

Sadly, the cost of care is extremely expensive, with his out-of-pocket costs coming in at $2,400-$3,000 a day for a total of about $1 MILLION a year! As you can imagine, it would be almost impossible for just about any family to afford this!

Pete's mom, Nancy Frates, tells People they can no longer afford to pay the massive bills.

Now, in collaboration with the ALS Association, the father of one is once again hoping to raise money, this time to help other ALS patients like himself cover the cost of in-home care. It's said Pete could be one of the few Massachusetts patients chosen for the new program, which would help with some of financial bills this year.

You can also donate directly to the Frates family HERE!

Despite previous reports that Pete had passed, the former baseball player is currently in the hospital, and continues to fight! His mom shared:

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Yolanda Hadid Honors Her Late Best Friend Battling ALS With Heartbreaking Tribute

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What a hard day for Yolanda Hadid.

On Wednesday, Yolanda revealed the sad news that her best friend Ellie O'Connell has passed away after a five-year battle with ALS.

Related: Yolanda Undergoes A New Lyme Disease Treatment

For those who don't know, ALS (AKA amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease), is a horrific condition which weakens the body's muscles until it can no longer function. At this time, the disease has no cure.

According to Hadid, Ellie sadly succumbed to her illness despite an amazing fight. O'Connell was hanging on to see her daughter graduate college in 2017, a wish which will tragically go unfilled.

Despite the heartbreak, the model did her best to honor her close pal's legacy in a touching Instagram post:

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Still Alice Writer Passes Away At 63 After Four-Year Battle With ALS

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Still Alice writer passes away at age 63

Richard Glatzer, who co-wrote and directed the Oscar-winning movie Still Alice alongside his husband, Wash Wesmoreland, has passed away at the age of 63 from a four-year battle with ALS.

This heartbreaking news comes not even a month after Julianne Moore took home an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film, playing a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

The late scribe and his husband were signed to adapt the script from Lisa Genova's novel Still Alice back in 2011, right after Richard was diagnosed with ALS. But even though the illness progressed rapidly, he never missed a day on set!

Westmoreland, who has been married to Glatzer since 2013, is "devastated" by his husband's passing:

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Better Late Than Never! Ellen DeGeneres Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

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It finally happened! Ellen DeGeneres did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

She was nominated by Anthony Carbajal, the 26-year-old man behind the Ice Bucket Challenge, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease himself.

So he and Ellen walked together, taking a long stroll to meet their destiny.

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Alec Baldwin Does The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge In A Totally Alec Baldwin Way! And Hilaria Did Hers Upside Down In A Bikini!

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Someone get this man a pair of steak knives because he deserves at LEAST second place for this latest video!

Alec Baldwin recently participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with his actor friend Gregg Bello and the person who had the honors of dumping the ice water on them was Hilaria Baldwin herself.

Awesome!

Here's what the Alec's lady wrote on her Instagram

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Kendall Jenner Dons A Skimpy Bikini For Her ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

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She really got into it!

Kendall Jenner recently participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and it seems like she had a blast doing it!

The teenage model rocked a tiny pink bikini as she got soaked on for a good cause, and she wasn't done getting her water on just yet!

She had a whole big pool waiting for her!!!

Here's what the lil' beauty wrote on Instagram

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