Ice Bucket Challenge inspiration Pete Frates is ‘resting comfortably’

 Pete Frates.
Pete Frates.Dina Rudick/Globe staff/file

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.


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

Frates also tweeted a video of himself with the song “Alive” by Pearl Jam playing in the background.

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