Pete Frates — PICS By: Paige Kindlick December 9, 2019 4:09PM EST 1 of 5 Pete Frates and more participates in the Ice Bucket Challenge AP/Shutterstock Pete Frates, Charlie Baker, Karyn Polito. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, right center, and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, third from left, participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge with its inspiration Pete Frates, seated in center, to raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, research at the Statehouse in Boston. Frates challenge raised millions of dollars for research on Lou Gehrig’s disease. Pete graduated from Boston College in 2007 and went on to become the college’s director of baseball operations in March 2012. The same month, he learned of his diagnosis with ALS and quickly succumbed to the physical hardships of the disease. Pete used a wheelchair following his diagnosis, and turned his ambitions towards raising money for research into the disease. In 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge raised roughly $220 million and its impact is still felt today. Pete Frates passed away in the early days of December, 2019, confirmed by a statement from his family. December 9, 2019, 3:35PM 2 of 5 Pete Frates is presented with the NCAA Inspiration Award Steven Senne/AP/Shutterstock Former Boston College baseball captain Pete Frates moments before being presented with the 2017 NCAA Inspiration Award, at his home in Beverly, Mass. The NCAA honored Frates who inspired the ice bucket challenge that raised millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig’s disease research. December 9, 2019, 3:35PM 3 of 5 Pete Frates at the Falcons Patriots Football Game AP/Shutterstock Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patient Pete Frates, center, known for popularizing the ice bucket challenge to raise funds for ALS research, sits on the sideline before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. He was surrounded by a number of loved ones and other people diagnosed with ALS for the event. December 9, 2019, 3:35PM 4 of 5 Pete Frates looks at his wife, Julie Bill Sikes/AP/Shutterstock Pete Frates, right, who inspired the ice bucket challenge, looks at his wife Julie during a ceremony at City Hall in Boston by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declaring the day the Pete Frates Day. Frates, who was stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, died . He was 34 Obit Ice Bucket Inspiration, Boston, USA – 05 Sep 2017 December 9, 2019, 3:35PM 5 of 5 Pete Frates at the Nationals Red Sox Baseball Steven Senne/AP/Shutterstock Pete Frates, Ben Cherington, Pedro Martinez Pete Frates, center, a former Boston College baseball player stricken with ALS whose Ice Bucket Challenge has raised millions for ALS research, is escorted by Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, second from right, and Pedro Martinez, special assistant to the general manager, right, during ceremonies prior to the home opener baseball game between the Red Sox and the Washington Nationals, in Boston Nationals Red Sox Baseball, Boston, USA December 9, 2019, 3:35PM Click to Subscribe to Get Our Free HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get the hottest celeb news.