BOSTON — The start of every August will kick off Ice Bucket Challenge Week in Massachusetts.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday signed into law a bill designating the first week of the month as a time to honor Pete Frates.
The former Boston College baseball star was diagnosed in 2012 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. There is no known cure for the disease that weakens muscles and impairs physical functioning.
Frates, who lives in Beverly, inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge that has raised more than $220 million for ALS research since 2014. Participants dump buckets of ice water over their heads and challenge others to do the same.
The bill calls on Massachusetts residents to observe Ice Bucket Challenge Week “in an appropriate manner.”