Dec 28, 2019

The last fundraising event for man who inspired ice bucket challenge

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Baseball player Pete Frates' family and supporters will be holding one last "Plunge for Pete" on Saturday in Boston, the AP reports.

Why this matters: Frates' battle with Lou Gehrig's disease inspired the ALS ice bucket challenge. Frates died earlier this month after a seven-year battle. He would have been 35 on Saturday.

  • This is the event's 8th year, and it helps raise money for the Pete Frates #3 Fund, which is used to pay for Frates' medical bills, AP writes.
  • His father said the family has about $500,000 in debt from Pete's medical care and that this last fundraiser will hopefully close that gap.
  • The family plans to keep raising money for ALS for the separate Pete Frates Family Foundation, which helps other ALS patients with home health care costs, according to AP.

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