Pete Frates, the man who inspired the ice bucket challenge a few years ago, revealed though his family a few months ago that they could not keep paying his medical bills, which were over $90,000 a month. Now, thanks to a lot of people who did the bucket challenge, and donated money, Frates’ family says that he is getting the care he needs.
A Facebook post from Pete Frates’ family asked for prayers on Sunday and said he was at Massachusetts General Hospital “battling this beast ALS like a Superhero.”
The Daily Mail reports:
The Massachusetts man who inspired the ice bucket challenge to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig’s disease research will have his own medical bills covered.
It was revealed in May that the 32-year-old’s family could not afford the $90,000-a-month medical bills and said Frates may have to be placed into care.
But now with help from a new program from the ALS Association that covers the uninsured cost of skilled home care for ALS patients, Frates’ bills will be covered.
The expenses are covered by the new Pete Frates Home Health Initiative, which was started by the ALS Association, according to the Salem News.
Lynn Aaronson, the executive director for the Massachusetts chapter, told the paper that Frates’ first year of bills were already covered, with $1 million raised.
In-home care was the top concern for patients but because so many insurances don’t cover it, the cost can bankrupt families, Aaronson said.
Frates’ parents revealed in May that his medical bills can reach $80,000 to $95,000 each month.
Frates, the former Boston College baseball captain who sparked the viral-video craze, was diagnosed with the disease in 2012. It’s also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
The ice bucket challenge raised more than $220 million back in 2014 when it became the trend to dump a bucket of ice water over your head, in order to raise awareness for ALS patients.