The Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS

The Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS

by Casey Sherman, Dave Wedge


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The Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS by Casey Sherman, Dave Wedge

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781512600964
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 627,784
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
Warning Signs
Boston, 1975
One in Ten Thousand
New Heights
The Diagnosis
Mobilizing an Army
New York, 1939
The Stats Geek
Heroes Emerge
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

Dan Shaughnessy

“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.”

Joe Tessitore

“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.”

Matt Ryan

“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!”

Mike Lupica

“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!"

Boston mayor Martin J. Walsh

“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.”

Charlie Baker

“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.”

Chris Cox

“The Ice Bucket Challenge remains one of the most important social media campaigns in history—an important example of how the spark from a single family can raise awareness of an important issue to millions of people.”

Robert D. Manfred

“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.”

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