The Man who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge faces a new challenge of his own: fatherhood.
Pete Frates, 29, who is an athlete from Massachusetts, devoted his life to raising awareness about the killer ALS disease which he was diagnosed with in 2012.
The Ice Bucket Challenge, which started when Frates decided to challenge his friends, has picked a lot of international recognition with several celebrities like Will Smith, Lebron James, Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Ozil, Rihanna, David Beckham, Oprah, Eminem, Justin Bieber, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Lopez and George W. Bush among others participating in the challenge and donating to the cause.
Pete Frates who lost mobility in his arms and legs due to ALS, used an eye-tracking device to write a column for Bleacher Report detailing his fight against the disease and also weighed in on the upcoming birth of his child.
“My wife and I are also expecting a baby in September. It is this excitement that keeps my engines going at full strength. The thought of seeing the face of our first child and knowing that I am a father is a moment I will cherish beyond words.”
“I may not be able to say “I love you” with my own voice, but the love I will feel will be every bit as strong. I may not know how many years I have left, but I will fight harder and harder each day to be there as a father and a husband.”
ALS is an incurable disease that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. The ALS challenge has helped raise over 100 million dollars and they use the Ice Bucket Challenge because when the ice water is poured on you, your nerves are affected just like people with ALS.