Pete Frates' Wife Kicks Off Ice Bucket Challenge Month With Boston Event

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — After being stalled last year because of COvid-19, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is back with an event at the Seaport Common.

Dozens of people kicked off Ice Bucket Challenge month in Massachusetts by pouring a bucket of ice over their heads on Friday.

The challenge was co-created by Pete Frates and his widow Julie helped coordinate Friday's challenge. Frates lost his long battle with the disease back in 2019.

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"We try and carry the torch for Pete and that's kind of what our family has taken as how we keep Pete alive with us, is to continue this fight for him," said Julie.

And their six-year-old daughter Lucy joined her mom in honoring her dad. Lucy said it was cold but fun.

Dozens of Curaleaf employees did the challenge as well. Steve David with Curleaf says they teamed up with Julie and the Pete Frates Foundation to promote the challenge.

David said Frates used their marijuana products to help with pain.

The first time Frates did the Ice Bucket Challenge was back in August of 2014. Since then, it has raised over $220 million to help develop treatment and continue research. 

Julie said that until ALS is gone, she'll be out here every August participating in the challenge.

WBZ NewsRadio's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) Reports:

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