UPDATE, December 28, 2018: Happy 34th birthday, Pete Frates!
BOSTON — As a crowd gathered outside Boston’s City Hall today, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh recognized Sept. 5, 2017 as Pete Frates Day in Boston.
Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, his family and vast collection of friends have been committed to find a cure for this devastating disease. Frates, a former Boston College baseball standout, is the force behind the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised millions for ALS research.
This photograph that I took of Pete and his wife, Julie, will be featured in my sixth book, Boston: Game Changers, which is due out in a few months. (I took this photograph at the New England Council dinner.) I am so impressed by this man and his family and the strength they show ever day.
I think Mayor Walsh summed it up perfectly at today’s ceremony when he said that it is “impossible to overstate the impact Pete Frates has had on the city.” — Bill