Massachusetts: Frates Ice Bucket Challenge Still Having An Amazing Impact
It’s been nine years since the Pete Frates-inspired Ice Bucket challenge took over the nation. However, there is still a significant ripple effect transpiring. In fact, earlier this month Frates’ family participated in another rendition of dumping ice over your head in an effort to raise ALS awareness.
Boston News 25 reported that “Dozens of people poured cold water on their heads while standing on the steps outside the State House on Wednesday (August 9) after former Gov. Charlie Baker declared August Ice Bucket Challenge Month.”
“It’s a mixed emotion day,” Pete’s mother, Nancy Frates, said. “We are committed to this mission to find a cure for this disease, so we’re going to come back every August until a cure,” News 25 shared.
Over the past nine years since the launch of the Ice Bucket Challenge, $220 million has been raised to go towards ALS research. NPR explained that, “The ALS Association said that $2.2 million of funds that were raised from the Ice Bucket Challenge went into funding the development and trial of the new drug that the Food and Drug Administration approved this week for treatment of ALS.”
NPR also highlighted how much the Ice Bucket Challenge impact has sped up the fight against ALS (also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). The new drug (Relyvrio, made by Amylyx Pharmaceuticals of Cambridge, MA) is not a cure. However, it does slow down some of the effects of this fatal disease.
A former captain of the Boston College baseball team, Frates was a native of Beverly, MA. He was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2012 at the age of 27. Frates lived passionately with the disease until the age of 34. Upon being diagnosed, Frates and his family set out to bring awareness. Their efforts went towards research and starting a foundation to ultimately find a cure. Frates’ slogan was, “Be passionate, be genuine, be hardworking, and don’t ever be afraid to be great.”
To learn more about Frates Foundation, its impact, or initiatives to get involved, you can visit PeteFrates.com.