Peter Frates was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, soon after graduating from Boston College. Pete passed on December 9, 2019.
Pete is known as co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral social media phenomenon that led to more than $220 million in donations to ALS nonprofit organizations across the globe, $4 million making a direct impact on the research at ALS TDI.
Pete received several awards for his leadership in ALS, including the Stephen Heywood Patients Today Leadership Award at the 2013 Leadership Summit.
The Frates ALS Research and Support Fund and "Team Frate Train" support ALS research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute and other organizations. The Fund operates many fundraising events, including the Pete Frates 5K, Pints for Pete, and Plunge for Pete, as well as serves on the steering committee for the White Coat Affair. Pete and his family have appeared on countless television and radio programs, including the Charlie Rose Show, National Public Radio, ESPN, the MLB Network, among others.