Man who in­spired ice bucket chal­lenge is back in hos­pi­tal

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT/COMMUNITY -

The man who in­spired people around the world to dump buck­ets of ice wa­ter over their heads to raise mil­lions of dol­lars for Lou Gehrig’s dis­ease re­search is back in the hos­pi­tal and is keep­ing his sense of hu­mour.

A Face­book post from the fam­ily of 32-year-old Pete Frates said he is rest­ing com­fort­ably at Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and that “doc­tors, medicine, prayers and love con­tinue to help him get stronger.”

After some news out­lets er­ro­neously re­ported Mon­day that he had died, Frates re­sponded by post­ing a 45-se­cond video on Twit­ter show­ing him ly­ing in a hos­pi­tal bed while the song “Alive” by Pearl Jam plays in the back­ground.

Frates’ fam­ily said Sun­day that he had re­turned to the hos­pi­tal and was “bat­tling this beast ALS like a Su­per­hero.”

He was di­ag­nosed with amy­otrophic lat­eral scle­ro­sis in 2012. The dis­ease weak­ens mus­cles and im­pairs phys­i­cal func­tion­ing. There is no known cure.

The ALS Ice Bucket Chal­lenge raised more than $220 mil­lion when it took off world­wide on so­cial me­dia in 2014.

Pete Frates

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