New England Native, Pioneer of ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Dies At 34
The family of Pete Frates announced his passing Monday, after a heroic battle with ALS.
Before the 'Ice Bucket Challenge,' many Americans knew little of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or simply ALS. If ever there were an internet challenge which raised the cause's awareness level, it was the social media movement which had people pouring ice water over their heads in 2014. According to 7 News Boston, the campaign raised more than $200 million for ALS research.
Monday, the inspiration for the viral sensation passed away surrounded by loved ones. Pete Frates, a Beverly, Massachusetts native, and former Boston College baseball player was 34. According to 7 News Boston, Pete's family issued a statement “Today Heaven received our angel: Peter Frates. A husband to Julie, a father to Lucy, a son to John and Nancy, a brother to Andrew and Jennifer, Pete passed away after a heroic battle with ALS.” Pete was diagnosed with ALS in 2012.
The family continued that Pete “never complained about his illness. Instead, he saw it as an opportunity to give hope to other patients and their families.” "He was a beacon of hope for all,” the statement read.
To make a donation, you can contact the Peter Frates Family Foundation, 21 Landers Drive, Beverly, MA 01915 or here.