Man who inspired Ice Bucket Challenge getting help with medical bills

Parents of Pete Frates say his bills can reach $80-95K per month

Pete Frates
FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, former Boston College baseball captain Pete Frates, left, appears with his wife Julie, center, and two-year-old daughter Lucy, right, moments after he was presented with the 2017 NCAA Inspiration Award, at their home in Beverly, Mass. Pete Frates, the Massachusetts man who inspired people around the world to dump buckets of ice water over their heads to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig's disease research is back in the hospital. A Facebook post from the family of Pete Frates asked for prayers Sunday, July 2, 2017, and said he is at Massachusetts General Hospital "and battling this beast ALS like a Superhero." (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — The man who inspired the ice bucket challenge to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig’s disease research will have his own medical bills covered for a while.

The Salem News reports that Pete Frates and his family are being helped by a new program from the ALS Association that covers the uninsured cost of skilled home care for several ALS patients in Massachusetts each year.

Frates’ parents have said his medical bills can reach $80,000 to $95,000 each month.

Frates inspired the ALS ice bucket challenge, in which people dump buckets of ice water over their heads.

The former Boston College baseball star was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2012. His family said Sunday that he was back in the hospital and resting comfortably.


Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News,


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