“Ice Bucket Challenge” Creator Dies

He created the "ice bucket challenge" to spread awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. On Monday, he lost his battle with the disease at the age of 34. This is the story of Pete Frates.

His battle with ALS inspired many

How it all started

With the Ice Bucket Challenge, he helped raise over $100 million to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ALS. Pete Frates died on December 9, 2019, at age 34. A former member of the Boston College baseball team, Pete suffered from this disease, which attacks the nerve cells which leads to paralysis and death. While he wasn’t the one who started the Ice Bucket Challenge, it was his take on it, in 2014, that made it go viral. John Frates, Pete’s father says, “Who knew all it would take is a bag of ice and a bucket, and… There is something funny about watching it all the time, over and over again.”

Repurposed Mission

Participants were challenged to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads and make a donation to fund research on ALS. Pete filmed himself with the song “Ice, Ice, Baby” playing in the background since he couldn’t lift the bucket to pour the water over his head. Thanks to this challenge, the Washington-based nonprofit ALS Association received over $115 million. Pete then redid the challenge with the Red Sox baseball team. He and his wife Julie, whom he married over a year after his diagnosis, never stopped their efforts to raise awareness about this little-known disease.

The Tradition Lives On

In 2016, the National Collegiate Athletic Association N.C.A.A. presented him with its Inspiration Award. The following year, he condemned the financial burden this disease places on families, revealing that he was paying over $70,000 per month in hospital bills. Pete never complained about his illness. Instead, he saw it as an opportunity to give hope to other patients and their families. He passed away at home, surrounded by his family, his wife and their daughter Lucy.


12/10/2019 10:28 PM


  • Juan R.
    03/13/2020 01:49


  • Chris G.
    03/13/2020 00:58

    Lost my mom at 57 to ALS😥...he was far too young, but grateful he and his family raised awareness and research money

  • Ahsha M.
    03/11/2020 14:41

    My gram passed away Dec 2017 after battling ALS for over a year. It went undiagnosed for far too long. I am thankful for the level in which he drew awareness. Bc of him, I knew better what was happening when my gram told us about her diagnosis. ❤

  • Andrew M.
    03/11/2020 02:14


  • Marjorie W.
    03/11/2020 00:36

    Lost my dad in 86 from ALS. Lost my brother in 2015 from ALS

  • Ryan M.
    03/10/2020 04:51

    Wasnt that the charity that took 87% of donations for "administrative expenses" and only put 13% towards actual research?

  • Kathy F.
    03/10/2020 01:28

    I lost my best friend to this. God bless you and your family.

  • Elvi P.
    03/09/2020 23:05

    RIP God bless you and your family 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Hany S.
    03/09/2020 00:22

    I have one of my best friends suffering from this disease from almost six years ago ,which organization can help or support him

  • Patrick D.
    03/08/2020 11:41


  • Joe M.
    03/07/2020 19:08


  • Jeffrey D.
    03/07/2020 14:05

    He created a movement the World embraced

  • Jose M.
    03/07/2020 07:54

    Malditos idiotas

  • Charlotte P.
    03/06/2020 23:44

    R.I.P. Pete Frates and Thank You For All You Have Done

  • Jasen J.
    03/06/2020 02:52

    He's a warrior. Best wishes to his family. Matt he rest in heaven with out the worldly burden of als...

  • Jason G.
    03/06/2020 01:21


  • Nick W.
    03/05/2020 23:32

    apparently all he had to do was sell nudes...

  • MJ E.
    03/05/2020 22:45

    This man created a challenge to help people. Meanwhile back at the ranch dumb people are eating tide pods and dancing next to moving cars. I’m so sorry he lost his battle. More people should be creating ideas to help people instead of stupid videos

  • Curtis M.
    03/05/2020 20:38

    He truly lived like a boss.

  • Everett W.
    03/05/2020 18:32

    My wife died of this terrible disease in 2013. RIP my love

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