Beverly native and ALS Ice Bucket Challenge creator Pete Frates has passed away at the age of 34.
Frates grew up on the North Shore and lived a busy life, studying communications and history at Boston College while balancing life as captain of the baseball team. Baseball even took him to Europe, where he played the sport professionally.
At the age of 27, Pete Frates was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which effects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord as it attacks muscles and makes them weaker.
The disease has no cure.
Frates decided to use the diagnosis to began advocacy and fundraising work for ALS research, and eventually came up with the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” which became a viral phenomenon in 2014.