Dad Who Started ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Can No Longer Afford His Own Care
Pete Frates' family is struggling to pay the cost of his care, so they're once again raising money for Pete and others like him who require in-home care to battle the incurable disease.
Pete Frates, the dad who led the effort to raise millions of dollars for ALS through the viral Ice Bucket Challenge, has been released from the hospital after 13 long days.
Check out the picture he posted on Twitter of the warm welcome he received from friends and family:
So sweet! And his wife later shared an image of Pete at home with the couple's daughter Lucy:
So much love!
Pete was diagnosed with ALS in 2012 at 27 years old, and has been fighting the debilitating disease—which attacks the nerve cells that control muscles throughout the body and robs patients of the ability to walk, talk, and eat—for the last five years. And while there is no known cure, Pete and his family helped raise $220 million to fight ALS with the viral Ice Bucket Challenge that took over social media in 2014. Even celebs got in on the action, which eventually led to Pete being honored at the 2014 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year ceremony.
Pretty cool. But in the middle of all the hoopla, Pete's brother Andrew told WBZ-TV about the family's struggle to pay Pete's medical bills, which have reached a staggering $85,000 to $95,000 each month. Now a new initiative has been formed to help cover the cost of Pete's care and for that of others like him, who require costly in-home care as they battle this incurable disease.
"Our great family friend Rob Griffin has spearheaded a pilot program called the Pete Frates Home Health Initiative in conjunction with the ALS Association," Andrew said. "It is going to cover all of Pete's medical bills."
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Truly amazing. Sending lots of positive vibe to this ALS warrior and all his increible friends and family!
To follow his journey, visit Team Frate Train on Facebook. And if you'd like to make a donation to help cover the cost of his care, visit PeteFrates.com or the Pete Frates Home Health Initiative donation page.
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram.