Former Boston College Baseball Star Pete Frates, whose Battle with ALS Inspired Ice Bucket Challenge, Dies at 34

FILE – In this Sept. 18, 2017 photo, Pete Frates, who is stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, listens to a guest at Fenway Park in Boston. Frates, a former college baseball player whose determined battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped inspire the ALS ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $200 million worldwide, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. He was 34.Photo: Charles Krupa, AP

Former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who was known for championing the Ice Bucket Challenge that generated millions in donations, has died, the Frates family said in a statement released Monday through the university.

Frates had been fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gherig’s disease, after being diagnosed in March 2012, when he was 27. The statement said Frates “passed away surrounded by his loving family, peacefully” at the age of 34.

Through the Peter Frates Family Foundation and Team Frate Train, Frates helped spark the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in August 2014, a fundraising cause that spread rapidly through social media shares that asked people to either donate to ALS research or pour a bucket of ice water on top of themselves. Many both donated and poured the water on themselves and shared the videos through their social accounts. The challenge then asked people to nominate others to take the challenge.

According to the ALS Association, the Ice Bucket Challenge raised $115 million over an eight-week period in the summer of 2014.

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SOURCE: UsA Today, Lorenzo Reyes