Pete Frates, the man who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and even helped to raise over $200 million for research, is struggling to pay for his own care.
For those who don’t know, the 32-year-old behind the viral charity challenge has been left nearly entirely paralyzed due to the debilitating disease.
Sadly, the cost of care is extremely expensive, with his out-of-pocket costs coming in at $2,400-$3,000 a day for a total of about $1 MILLION a year! As you can imagine, it would be almost impossible for just about any family to afford this!
Pete’s mom, Nancy Frates, tells People they can no longer afford to pay the massive bills.
Now, in collaboration with the ALS Association, the father of one is once again hoping to raise money, this time to help other ALS patients like himself cover the cost of in-home care. It’s said Pete could be one of the few Massachusetts patients chosen for the new program, which would help with some of financial bills this year.
You can also donate directly to the Frates family HERE!
Despite previous reports that Pete had passed, the former baseball player is currently in the hospital, and continues to fight! His mom shared:
“It has given Pete almost a new lease on life. Instead of getting angry, he’s even more determined to beat this infection… Most ALS patients don’t make it this far.”
In the meantime:
“He wants to live and stay at home.”
We’re wishing Pete all the best as he continues to fight, and hopefully the donations keep coming in!
[Image via Twitter.]