BOSTON — Nine years after the challenge to raise money to fight ALS went viral, the battle against the deadly disease goes on.
To mark the anniversary of former Gov. Charlie Baker declaring August Ice Bucket Challenge Month in Massachusetts, dozens of people dumped pales of frigid water on their heads while standing on the steps outside the State House on Wednesday.
The family of Pete Frates, one of the creators of the challenge, was part of the event.
Frates, a Beverly native and former Boston College baseball star, died in 2019 at age 34.
In 2014, he and Pat Quinn, of Yonkers, inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge. As it spread, millions of people doused themselves with a bucket of icy water to raise awareness and millions of dollars to support work on a cure.
“We’re grateful for everybody who poured water over their heads and donated to any organization, or any person with ALS. That money has had results,” said Nancy Frates, Pete’s mother.
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