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Pictured above, Rob Manfred Commissioner of the MLB, addressed the League with a moving obituary regarding the life of Peter Frates
Who here remembers the ALS ice bucket challenge? A viral social media challenge created to raise awareness about Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS.
This ALS ice bucket challenge was wildly popular half a decade ago. It was founded by Peter Frates. Peter Frates was also known as the former Boston College Baseball captain. He died on December 9, 2019 at the age of 34, citing Major League Baseball.
“Today, heaven receiver our angel: Peter Frates,” the family said in a statement to Boston College. They described him as “ A husband to Julie, a father to Lucy, a son to John and Nancy, and brother to Andrew and Jennifer…”.
This is how the Frates family will remember their son who has at last laid down the fight with ALS. To Boston College, he will be inspired as the player who inspired many a baseball career. MLB was on the cusp of its annual Winter Meetings Charity Auctions.
Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred remembered Frates this way:
“The courage and determination of Peter Frates inspired countless people throughout the game he loved and around the world. He galvanized ALS awareness for a new generation and honored the memory of a fellow ball player, Lou Gehrig. All of us at Major League Baseball are proud that Pete and his family are members of the baseball family. We will forever remember Pete’s example as we continue to support the pursuit of a cure for ALS.”
Peter Frates name was also splayed across many headlines as the news of his death made its way around the world. The Boston Globe called him “championing” in his pursuit of ALS awareness. Boston.com called it “ a courageous and public battle” with ALS. They quoted his family who went on saying, “Peter was an inspiration to so many people around the world who drew strength from his courage and resiliency,” in a written statement.
However the headlines remember him, Peter Frates has joined the chronicles of great Americans. He will be remembered by the world as a “natural born leader”. Never one to quit the game, Frates challenged ALS to the bitter end. The end has come now and we must let him go.
We cannot, however, let go of the memory of things that he taught us. Frates served as the inspiration that even a small thing_like a bucket of ice water over the head_can serve as a profound message. Let the clarity of ice water follow us. Let the breath of new beginnings follow it. We hope that, as the words are carved on Peter Frates’ stone, great pieces of the mystery behind ALS will be chipped away. That as the 2020s draw near modern science and medicine will prove true and no one else needs ever die from ALS.
To honor the memory of a battle well fought, you can support his cause through the Peter Frates Fund #3. Through this site, you may also contribute to the Peter Frates Family Foundation.