Peter Frates was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, soon after graduating from Boston College where he was the captain of the BC Eagles Baseball Team and a leader known throughout the BC community. He is known today to most of the world as co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral social media phenomenon that led to more than $220 million in donations by tens of millions of people to ALS nonprofit organizations across the globe.
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 gala. 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.
The Frates Fund is a Global Affiliate, who together with others, draws attention to the fact that ALS can afflict people of all ages and without warning. Pete has been the recipient of several awards for his leadership in ALS, including the Stephen Heywood Patients Today Leadership Award at the 2013 Leadership Summit.