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A final fundraiser for man who boosted ice bucket challenge

FILE - In this April 13, 2015, file photo, Pete Frates, former Boston College baseball player whose Ice Bucket Challenge raised millions for ALS research, is applauded by Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, far left, and his wife Julie Frates, center, along with other family members prior to the home opener baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Washington Nationals at Fenway Park in Boston. Frates, who was stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. He was 34. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
Posted at 3:04 PM, Dec 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-28 17:04:42-05

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Hundreds of people have plunged into the chilly ocean at a Massachusetts beach to honor Peter Frates, the former college baseball player whose battle with Lou Gehrig's disease helped spread the ALS ice bucket challenge.

About 1,000 people showed up for the final "Plunge for Pete" at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester on Saturday, and more than half of those braved the frigid waters on what would have been his 35th birthday.

The event raises money to help pay Frates' medical bills.

Frates' wife, Julie, participated in the plunge for the first time wearing the bikini she had on when she first met her husband.