BOSTON – Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball player who championed research for ALS, has died at the age 34.
His alma mater made the announcement Monday on behalf of the Frates family.
“Today Heaven received our angel: Peter Frates. A husband to Julie, a father to Lucy, a son to John and Nancy, a brother to Andrew and Jennifer, Pete passed away surrounded by his loving family, peacefully at age 34, after a heroic battle with ALS.
Pete was an inspiration to so many people around the world who drew strength from his courage and resiliency.
A natural born leader and the ultimate teammate, Pete was a role model for all, especially young athletes, who looked up to him for his bravery and unwavering positive spirit in the face of adversity. He was a noble fighter who inspired us all to use our talents and strengths in the service of others.
Remarkably, Pete never complained about his illness. Instead, he saw it as an opportunity to give hope to other patients and their families. In his lifetime, he was determined to change the trajectory of a disease that had no treatment or cure. As a result, through his determination—along with his faithful supporters, Team Frate Train—he championed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In August of 2014, the historic movement pioneered social media fundraising and garnered donations globally that resulted in better access to ALS care, genetic discoveries, treatments and, someday, a cure. He was a beacon of hope for all.
On behalf of Julie, Lucy, John, Nancy, Jennifer and Andrew, along with his extended family and multitude of friends, we ask that you celebrate Pete and the hope that he has given to so many by following his daily affirmation: Be passionate, be genuine, be hardworking and don’t ever be afraid to be great.”
The Frates family has asked for privacy as they mourn Pete’s loss. Donations can be made in Pete’s memory to the Peter Frates Family Foundation, 21 Landers Drive, Beverly, MA 01915, or at petefrates.com/donate.
The Peter Frates Family Foundation provides funding to ALS patients so they can remain at home during their treatment as the disease progresses.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raised an unprecedented amount of money for ALS research, anywhere from $160 to $220 million, according to estimates.