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Boston Declares Day for Man Behind Ice Bucket Challenge

Frates is a former Boston College baseball star who has inspired millions of dollars in donations

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    The man who inspired the ice bucket challenge that has raised millions for ALS research was honored at Boston City Hall.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017)

    The man who inspired the ice bucket challenge that has raised millions for ALS research was honored at Boston City Hall. 

    Mayor Marty Walsh hosted a rally Tuesday for Pete Frates at City Hall Plaza. The event coincides with the release of a new book on Frates. 

    "The Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS" was written by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. Half of its proceeds benefit the Frates family. 

    Walsh declared Sept. 5 Pete Frates Day as the former Boston College baseball star was feted by more than 100 people outside City Hall. 

    Frates, his family, the book authors, Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred, Boston Red Sox officials, and the BC baseball team were on hand for the festivities.

    Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said Frates "belongs on the Mount Rushmore of sports" for his contributions to finding a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.
    Frates can no longer speak. He said in a statement read by his wife it's an "amazing" and "humbling" day.

    Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said Frates "belongs on the Mount Rushmore of sports" for his contributions to finding a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

    Frates can no longer speak. He said in a statement read by his wife it's an "amazing" and "humbling" day.