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.
The Frates family announces with great sadness the loss of Pete Frates ’07, who has passed away after his courageous and public battle with ALS. Read the Frates Family statement: https://t.co/5nVJLeGjLC pic.twitter.com/PL4hT9yquI
— Boston College (@BostonCollege) December 9, 2019
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