While everyone knows of the Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral craze that swept the nation in summer 2014, too few know the truly inspirational story behind it. Pete Frates was a man at war with his own body. A man whose love for others was unshakable. A man who refused to fight alone, and in so doing mobilized a global army to combat one of the most devastating diseases on earth: ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. When disease crippled Frates, the former Boston College baseball star turned tragedy into inspiration. Pete’s story is a testament to the power of love, the steadfastness of family, the generosity of strangers, and the compassion of crowds.
Half of the authors’ proceeds will go to the Frates family.
|Publisher:||University Press of New England|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
CASEY SHERMAN is the New York Times–bestselling author of nine books including The Finest Hours and Boston Strong. DAVE WEDGE, coauthor of Boston Strong, was an investigative reporter at the Boston Herald for fourteen years; he now writes for VICE.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Ray Bourque
The Batter’s Box
One in Ten Thousand
Mobilizing an Army
New York, 1939
The Stats Geek
Together for Life
Back to the Dugout
Team Frate Train
The Ice Bucket Challenge
The Long Run
The Great Flood
What People are Saying About This
“Read this important book and hop aboard the Frate Train!Lou Gehrig was the first baseball star to put a face to ALS. Now we have Pete Frates, his amazing family, and The Ice Bucket Challenge. Years from now we will look back and know that Pete's bad break made life better for all mankind.”
“The Ice Bucket Challenge is a blessing. This book reveals the story behind the story, explaining how this man, and his family, were able to reach out to the entire world and rally us all.”
“It would seem impossible to capture all the things Pete Frates means to the world, as a person and as a champion in the fight against ALS. Somehow, this book manages to do just that!”
“Ice Bucket Challenge isn’t just the story of Pete Frates’ great courage, spirit, and heart. It is a story of a young man who refused to let ALS stop him from changing the world, and brought the world together in the process!"
“The Ice Bucket Challenge beautifully tells of how my friend Pete Frates and his family inspired the world with their love and courage. It’s the kind of story we need to hear and share now, more than ever.”
“As a baseball player, Pete Frates was a game-changer, and no one has done more to advance the cause of ALS than Pete. The Ice Bucket Challenge inspired millions around the world and literally changed the game for those working and hoping to find a cure. Pete’s story and how he managed to turn a personal tragedy into a positive force is compelling.”
“The Ice Bucket Challenge remains one of the most important social media campaigns in historyan important example of how the spark from a single family can raise awareness of an important issue to millions of people.”
“Pete Frates has honored the memory of Lou Gehrig by inspiring a new generation to find a cure for ALS. ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ tells an amazing story of family, courage and relentless determination – and serves as a powerful reminder why we are so proud to call Pete a member of the baseball family.”