BOSTON (AP / CBS) – Jerseys, baseball bats and other items that once belonged to Pete Frates, the former college baseball player whose inspiring battle with Lou Gehrig’s illness helped popularize the Bucket Challenge SLA ice cream, are being auctioned.
The product of the online auction which runs through Tuesday will benefit the Peter Frates Family Foundation, which helps ALS patients and their families meet the cost of home health care, according to a spokesperson for auctioneer KBK Sports.
The goal is to raise approximately $ 10,000.
Some of the items for sale include a signed and framed photograph of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick; a Boston Bruins jersey signed by former player Bobby Orr; and an autograph from former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.
“Every time he had these interactions with these great athletes we would put together memories and now it’s our turn to literally give it to the next one,” said John Frates, Pete’s dad. “We are so proud of what Pete has accomplished. We’re so proud of him, and it’s our way of giving hope.
A Metallica jersey given to Frates by the rock band, his high school baseball jerseys, and even his personal Boston College trash are also for sale.
Frates, a former Boston College baseball player who lived in Beverly north of Boston, died in December 2019 after a seven-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He and his family inspired the spread of the Ice Bucket Challenge and helped raise millions of dollars for research into motor neuron disease, which has no cure.
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