Foundation auctioning Pete Frates’ sports collectibles to benefit people battling ALS

The online auction hosted at www.kbksports.com ends Friday.

The Red Sox honored Pete Frates (in wheelchair) on Opening Day in 2015. Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis

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BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — Dozens of items of sports memorabilia collected by Peter Frates, whose battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped spread the ALS ice bucket challenge, are being auctioned to help people still fighting the disease.

Proceeds from the online auction that started Tuesday will benefit the Pete Frates Family Foundation, which assists ALS patients and their families with the cost of home health care, his father, John Frates, told The Salem News.

“The best part of this is that the money is going to a fantastic cause that’s obviously near and dear to our hearts,” he said. “Knowing that it’s helping people in need is what’s important.”

The items being sold include a David Ortiz jersey Frates wore to the Red Sox star’s retirement celebration and a Boston Bruins jersey given to him when he was an honorary captain for a 2018 playoff game.

The online auction hosted at www.kbksports.com ends Friday.

Frates, a former Boston College baseball player who lived on the North Shore in Beverly died Dec. 9 after a seven-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He and his family inspired spread of the ice bucket challenge and helped raise millions of dollars for research into the disease, which has no cure.

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