GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Hundreds of people plunged into the chilly ocean at a Massachusetts beach to honor Peter Frates, the former college baseball player whose battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped spread the ALS ice bucket challenge.
About 1,000 people showed up for the final “Plunge for Pete”at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester on Saturday, and more than half of those braved the frigid waters on what would have been his 35th birthday.
The event raises money to help pay Frates’ medical bills. Frates’ wife, Julie, participated in the plunge for the first time wearing the bikini she had on when she first met her husband.