BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Memorabilia from the personal collection of ALS ice bucket challenge founder Pete Frates is up for auction this week as a fundraiser for his foundation.
The auction runs through Tuesday, Nov. 9 with auctioneer KBK Sports as a way to raise a goal of $10,000 for the Peter Frates Family Foundation. The foundation works to help ALS patients and their families with the cost of home health care.
Some of the items up for auction include a photo signed by New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Boston Bruins jerseys signed by Bobby Orr and Derek Sanderson, an autograph from former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, and a signed Metallica jersey given to Frates by the band.
The collection also contains several personal items from Frates, including his high school baseball jerseys and a personal Boston College trash can.
Frates became a symbol of the fight against ALS after he helped start the ALS ice bucket challenge, which saw people spreading awareness about ALS by making a donation and then dumping a bucket of ice water on themselves. The challenge helped raise millions of dollars for research of the incurable disease.
The former Boston College baseball player died from a seven-year battle with ALS in December 2019.
WBZ's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports.