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Driscoll Participates in 9th Annual Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

This week, Representative Driscoll participated in the State House’s 9th Ice Bucket Challenge, an annual event honoring Pete Frates, a leader and advocate from Beverly, MA who fought tirelessly against ALS. It was a great event, raising awareness and funds in dedication to the many impacted by this debilitating disease.

An avid athlete throughout his childhood and as a young adult, Pete Frates played baseball for Boston College, in Connecticut, for a Hawaiian League in Honolulu, and the German Baseball League in Hamburg. He later returned to Boston College as their Director of Baseball Operation in 2012.

Pete married his wife, Julie, in 2013, and welcomed their daughter, Lucy, into the world in 2014. He was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2012 and quickly became a champion of the ALS movement. Pete was joined by many loved ones in work to educate and raise awareness and funds to find a cure, playing a key role in the creation of the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ which raised over $220 million.

Pete passed away on December 9, 2019, at the age of 34. For more information on his story, visit

This event is a great way to raise awareness of ALS, and dedicate efforts to commemorate August, which is now officially “Ice Bucket Challenge Month” in Massachusetts. Together, we’ll keep working to strike out ALS!



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