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City honors hero Pete Frates

September 6, 2017 GMT

Mayor Martin J. Walsh was joined by city officials, the Boston College baseball team and Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred as he declared yesterday Pete Frates Day in honor of the world-recognized advocate who inspired millions to raise more than $220 million for ALS research.

“It is impossible to overstate the impact Pete Frates has made on our city, especially the youth of our city,” Walsh said during a ceremony at City Hall Plaza.

“We teach our kids about character and courage and we look for role models for them to understand,” Walsh said. “Here in Boston, and certainly in Massachusetts, we don’t need to point to any heroes or movies or storybook, because we’re lucky enough to have a real-life hometown hero in our midst.”

Frates, a Beverly native, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 27 in 2012 and became famous for launching the Ice Bucket Challenge, a phenomenon that grew to become the greatest social media charity campaign in history.