A year has passed since Pete Frates was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). But never mind that fact. For a year has passed, too, since Frates posted a video of himself being doused with ice water while sitting on a wheelchair. He dared anyone right after that to do the same thing or donate $100 to the ALS Association. From his challenge, ‘a large amount of awareness and money’ was raised that researchers were able to work on a ‘new hope on the horizon.’ As of August 28, 2014, Frates would use a ventilator just to breathe. He would eat through a feeding tube to swallow and would use an online virtual keyboard to type. He had vowed to “fight harder and harder” for his wife Julie, who was pregnant at the time of that writing.
“If you are lucky enough to know Pete, then you already understand what a special person he is. His warmth, generosity and infectious smile are just a few of the things that make Pete so special.” ~ The Frates Family
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