Pete was beloved worldwide as one of the faces of the Strike Out ALS champion and advocate for ALS movement.. Diagnosed with the disease in March 2012, Pete refused to give in and accept what fate had cruelly dealt him. Instead, he was ready to put up a fight. Buoyed by his rallying cry to others — “Be passionate, be genuine, be hardworking, and don’t ever be afraid to be great” — Pete set about changing the world by bringing attention to ALS. He did that and so, so much more.
He and his family, friends and many, many supporters — collectively known as ‘Team Frate Train’ — made it their mission to raise education, awareness and funds for a cure for this dreaded disease. In doing so and helping to create the worldwide sensation ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’, which raised over $220 million dollars to fight ALS, Pete became an internationally known hero and inspiration to millions of people around the globe.
Although Pete will be most remembered for being the inspiration behind the Ice Bucket Challenge, those who knew him best will remember him for his friendship, leadership, determination and kindness. A born leader, the ultimate teammate, Pete lived a life of determination and passion filled with joy and grace. Peter Frates. A husband to Julie, a father to Lucy, a son to John and Nancy, a brother to Andrew and Jennifer, Pete passed away on December 9, 2019 surrounded by his loving family, peacefully at age 34, after a heroic battle with ALS