Ice Bucket Challenge’s Pete Frates is back in the hospital

12/5/2014 - Beverly, MA - Pete Frates, cq, who is immobilized by ALS, inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge. Topic: 122114BOTY. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff.

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Pete Frates.

Pete Frates — the former Boston College baseball player and inspiration behind the viral “Ice Bucket Challenge” — is back at Massachusetts General Hospital “battling this beast ALS like a Superhero,” according to a post from his family.

“We feel your love and support and are so grateful. Prayer and love — the most powerful of medicines! Thank you!” a family member posted to the Team FrateTrain Facebook page.


Frates, 32, lives with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. The Ice Bucket Challenge raised more than $250 million dollars for ALS research.

Monday morning, the family posted an update indicating that Frates was “resting comfortably” at the hospital.

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“Doctors, medicine, prayers, and love continue to help him get stronger,” the post said. “Thank you for all your concern.”

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