August 18, 2014

Corey Griffin - a Good Samaritan who died in Nantucket, Massachusetts

Corey Griffin
Corey Griffin, age 27, died on August 16, 2014, in a diving accident in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Corey is one of the men responsible for the success of the "Ice Bucket Challenge" which is a campaign to raise funds for research into the devastating disease ALS.

ALS is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and is a motor neurone disease. It is often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease in the U.S.A. and Canada.

ALS involves muscle atrophy and weakness, difficulty in speaking, swallowing and breathing. It has no cure and no real treatment.

The Ice Bucket Challenge involves dumping a bucket of ice water over your head, having it filmed for posting on social media, and the donation of funds towards ALS research. One person does it and challenges a relative, a friend or a celebrity to do the same. There has been a huge positive response to this campaign in the Summer of 2014.

Corey was celebrating the fact that he had been instrumental in raising about $100,000. for the cause of ALS research. He had done this to aid his friend, Pete Frates, who has ALS.

Corey had jumped into the waters of Nantucket Harbor. He was reported missing at 2:00 a.m. He was pulled out of the water by an off-duty lifeguard and was transported to a local hospital where sadly he was pronounced deceased before 3:00 a.m.

Corey was originally from Hingham, Massachusetts. Corey had played hockey for Boston College. He graduated from Babson College, near Boston, in 2010. He had recently moved to New York City to work for RANE, an information services and technology company.

Pete Frates stated that Corey had worked his butt off for ALS in recent weeks.
The Good Samaritan reaches
out to help others in
whatever way he can.

Corey was also involved in philanthropic events in support of Boston's Children's Hospital.

Former co-workers, team-mates and friends are in mourning over the death of their friend. Corey is described as intelligent, hard-working, loving, popular and welcoming. Friends stated that he was a great friend, brother and son. He was a rising star. He will be forever missed.

Corey's family are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. They stated that he was happy over his fundraising success. He was happy that he was able to do something positive. He will be forever mourned.

Corey is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother; his father, Robert; his brother, Michael; and his sister, Casey.

Corey was a Good Samaritan.

The world needs more men like Corey.

Pray for all who die by misadventure.  They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Corey is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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