By: Cara Mooney
Two summers ago the internet saw a surge of videos of people dumping freezing cold, ice water over their heads. This act is known as the Ice Bucket Challenge, and it is to promote awareness of the disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (most commonly known as ALS) and encourage donations.
The man behind the Ice Bucket Challenge is, now 32-year-old, Pete Frates. Frates, former captain of the BC Baseball team, was diagnosed with ALS back in 2012 after Pete began to have symptoms. From baseball star to now realizing his life took an unexpected turn, Pete decided to take this disease and make nothing but the best of it; to raise awareness and fight for a brighter future for those affected and those yet to be diagnosed.
You can watch his story here:
Since the summer of 2015, Pete's Ice Bucket Challenge has helped raise over $115 million for ALS.
But there's a problem. The man behind this miraculous challenge is struggling to keep up with the cost of his health care. It costs the Frates family $3,000 a day for specialized nursing, John Frates, Pete's father, told WCVB.
Those millions of dollars from the Ice Bucket Challenge that Pete started did not go to him, as the money went to ALS research centers hoping to find a cure.
The Frates family is asking for financial help and would love for anyone to donate..
So why not help the man who could potentially save thousands of lives save his life?
Click here to donate.