It was just a few weeks ago that the family and friends of Pete Frates gathered to mourn the former Boston College athlete, who died Dec. 9 after a courageous battle with ALS that helped inspire the Ice Bucket Challenge and raise millions for research.
But this past Saturday, when more than 1,000 took to Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, they were there to celebrate Frates and his legacy on what would have been his 35th birthday — and take one last freezing-cold dunk in his honor.
The event, in its eighth year, raised money for the Pete Frates #3 Fund, which helped pay for Frates’ medical bills. The family has accumulated roughly $500,000 in debt for Pete’s care, said his father, John Frates, and the final fundraiser will hopefully help close the gap.
Here are some scenes from the event, in which those attending took the plunge and filled buckets with ocean water for once last Ice Bucket Challenge.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.