Beverly native, Peter Frates, 34, passed away on December 9 after battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, otherwise known as ALS.
Frates dedicated his life to raising funds and awareness toward the disease. In 2014, Frates pioneered the Ice Bucket Challenge trend, which raised more than $220 million in donations. Funds that recently led scientists to discover a new ALS gene.
On September 4, 2016, Endicott College unveiled a new freshman hall named after Frates.
“His spirit and determination through such challenging times is inspiring to us all, and we will continue to honor him through our participation in efforts that help find a cure for ALS, and through the building that proudly graces his name,” said Endicott College President, Steven R. DiSalvo in a statement.
This week, following his passing, students living in the Frates dorms remembered his legacy.
“I think the reason we have a hall named after him is because what he did was so important and super influential, especially for this community in Beverly,” explained Cameron Shipulski, a freshman resident in the Peter Frates Hall.
In memory of his passing, students in the hall have taken initiative to do something special to remember him by.
“On the day of his passing, everybody put roses down in front of the wall which commemorates him,” said Shipulski. ‘“People have also hung his jersey outside their doors.’”
The thoughtful students at Peter Frates Hall, and the entire Endicott community, will continue to remember Peter Frates, as well as his dedication to finding a cure for ALS.
“Everyone in the Peter Frates dorms signed a card with their names to send love to his family,” said Emily Bocklet.