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#pounditThursday, August 13, 2020

Sports world pays tribute after Pete Frates loses long battle with ALS

Pete Frates, a former Boston College standout baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, died this week at the age of 34. He leaves behind an incredible legacy both inside and outside the sports world, and the tributes we saw to him and his family were proof of that.

Frates was the inspiration behind the popular “Ice Bucket Challenge” in 2014, which involved people dumping buckets of ice water on their head and nominating friends and family to do the same in order to raise money and awareness for ALS. It became a viral sensation in 2014 and helped raise millions of dollars for ALS research.

Frates always maintained a great sense of humor while fighting ALS. He focused his time and attention on helping others who are battling the disease and created the Peter Frates Family Foundation along with his friends and family. After the news of his passing spread, many took to Twitter to praise Frates and his family.

Frates was nominated for TIME’s “Person of the Year” in 2014. He is survived by his wife Julie, daughter Lucy, father John, mother Nancy, sister Jennifer, and brother Andrew.

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