Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball player whose battle with ALS has inspired thousands of strangers to dump ice water over their heads to raise money and awareness for treating the disease, completed the challenge himself Thursday with help of the Red Sox.
Frates joined Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks and manager John Farrell on the field at Fenway Park. Frates had not completed the challenge previously because it might have worsened his symptoms. He wrote on his Facebook page, “ice water and ALS are a bad mix”. Frates is one of 30,000 or more Americans affected by ALS, a disease that attacks nerves in the spinal cord and brain and can lead to loss of muscle control, speech, and breathing.
The #IceBucketChallenge has raised more than $5.7 million over the last two weeks.