BEVERLY (AP) — The Massachusetts man who inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge that has raised more than $200 million for ALS research is backing an effort in Congress to help others with the disease.
Pete Frates was joined at his home in Beverly on Saturday by Democratic U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, a sponsor of the bill known as the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act.READ MORE: How To Get An Appointment When COVID Vaccines Open For Mass. Residents 16+
Moulton says the legislation would speed up federal benefits for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by waiving the normal five-month waiting period for receiving Social Security disability insurance.READ MORE: Vehicle Inspections Will Resume At Most Massachusetts Locations Saturday
Frates was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease in 2012. The former Boston College baseball captain was recently awarded the NCAA’s Inspiration Award.
In the Ice Bucket Challenge, people dump ice water over their heads and nominate others to do the same.MORE NEWS: Pet Spa, Food Locker Among Amenities Added To Apartment Buildings During Pandemic
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports