On Monday, September 5, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh declared “Pete Frates Day” in the City of Boston to mark the book's official release. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has also signed a bill into law proclaiming the first week in August as “Ice Bucket Challenge Week” in the Commonwealth.
In 2014, Frates inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral campaign that has raised $250 million dollars for ALS research. Through his charitable efforts, Frates has been called “the most significant athlete in Boston sports history." Pete has been bestowed with an incredible variety of honors, including being the 2017 recipient of the NCAA's Inspiration Award and had his number 3 jersey retired by Boston College. He's also been enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., via an exhibit that includes Pete's BC ball cap, baseball glove and the bucket he used when he did the challenge himself at Fenway Park in Boston.
Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS and the Frates family have been featured on ABC's Nightline, the Associated Press, Boston Globe, CNBC's Squawk Box, New York Daily News, MLB.com, NCAA.com, WCVB-TV Channel 5, NECN, NBC Boston, The Daily Mail (U.K.), and CBS News.
50% of all book proceeds will go directly to Pete Frates’ care.
“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!” - Matt Ryan, NFL Most Valuable Player 2016
"Sherman and Wedge show the ways ordinary people are motivated by love to demonstrate dedication, strength and courage ... (the authors) movingly convey the ways (Pete Frates) never acted like a victim, but instead called on his competitiveness, toughness and leadership skills to inspire his family and friends and keep up his own spirits." - The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass.
“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!" - Mike Lupica, New York Daily News
“Pete Frates has honored the memory of Lou Gehrig by inspiring a new generation to find a cure for ALS. ‘IceBucket 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,” Robert D. Manfred, Jr., Commissioner of Major League Baseball
"The Ice Bucket Challenge captures the toughness, character, and heart of Pete’s story. The book vividly exposes the reader to Pete’s journey that began long before the first ice bucket challenge, and continues long after. The pages are not only filled with the tragedy of living with ALS, but more importantly, the triumph despite the disease." - Steve Gleason, ALS survivor and star of Gleason
“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 on an important issue to millions of people.” – Chris Cox, Chief Product Officer at Facebook
“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.” - Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe columnist
“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.” - Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts
About the authors
Casey Sherman is the author of ten books including The Finest Hours (now a major motion picture). Dave Wedge writes for VICE and was an investigative reporter for the Boston Herald for 14 years. Sherman and Wedge also wrote the national bestseller Boston Strong (which was adapted for the film Patriots Day) and are currently writing the book “12” about Tom Brady and the New England Patriots come from behind win in the Super Bowl.