It’s the MIAA Ron Burton Community Service Award, that also honors Steve and Paul Burton’s father. Steve did today’s honors.READ MORE: I-Team: Kids In Crisis Spend Weeks In Emergency Room Waiting For Mental Health Services
“Strike out ALS!” shouted Frates family, posing with him for a photo to commemorate the occasion.
That’s Pete’s mission, to end the scourge of that progressive, debilitating disease.
The Burton award honors people who give of themselves to help others.READ MORE: Worcester Businesses Hope WooSox Help Them Bounce Back From COVID Pandemic
“If my Dad were alive he’d be so proud of what you’ve accomplished in your lifetime. You’ve touched so many lives, and it means the world to us,” Steve said.
Pete’s wife Julie spoke about the family’s mission.
“Pete said from the moment he was diagnosed that he was going to change the trajectory of this disease and that’s exactly what he’s done,” Julie Frates said.
“One man can change the world. He inspired a movement that is the largest viral sensation in the history of mankind so that we never have to hear those three letters ALS again,” added John Frates, Pete’s father.MORE NEWS: TD Garden Capacity Increases As Bruins Head Into Playoffs
The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised millions of dollars to fight the disease. For more information visit the ALS Association website.