Inspiration for the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ dies aged 34

Gov. Charlie Baker and a crowd of people take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2015 as Pete Frates center looks on at the top of the State House steps

Pete Frates, 34, was one of the most recognizable faces of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral sensation that swept the Internet in 2014 and raised more than $115 million for ALS research.

Frates was a captain on the Boston College baseball team who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. "Instead, he saw it as an opportunity to give hope to other patients and their families", the statement said.

The process was simple: Take a bucket of ice water, dump it over your head, post a video on social media and challenge others to do the same or make a donation to charity.

The ALS Association said that the Ice Bucket Challenge wound up increasing its cash flow by 187%, giving the associated the ability to put $90 million into new research from 2013-2018.

In this file photo, former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates passes Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz and his son D'Angelo, prior to the re-launch of the Ice Bucket Challenge at Fenway Park on Friday, July 31, 2015 in Boston.

"As a result, through his determination -along with his faithful supporters, Team Frate Train - he championed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge", the statement added. In August of 2014, the historic movement pioneered social media fundraising and garnered donations globally that resulted in better access to ALS care, genetic discoveries, treatments and, someday, a cure.

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"It didn't just raise money, " Lynn Aaronson, executive director of the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association, told Boston.com in 2016.

But when Frates began spreading the word of the challenge, it really took off, with numerous A-list pro athletes invoking Frates' name in their challenges.

With the help of funds raised by the ice bucket challenge, significant investments in research on the causes of and potential treatments for ALS have been made. "There's no telling how much good you've set in motion".

As we prepare to lay Pete to rest, we ask that you respect our privacy while we mourn his loss. "He was a beacon of hope for all", the statement read. Pete's foundation's mission is to aid progressed ALS patients in their desire to stay at home with those who love them most.

A mass is to be held at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish at Boston College on a future date, followed by a celebration of his life at the North Shore of Boston.

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