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The man behind the ice bucket challenges the asset for sale

BOSTON (AP) – Jerseys, baseball bats and other items that belonged to former college baseball player Pete Frates, whose inspiring battle with Lou Gehrig’s illness helped popularize the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, are being auctioned off .

Proceeds from the online auction, which runs until Tuesday, will benefit the Peter Fratz Family Foundation, which assists ALS patients and their families with home health care costs, according to a spokesperson for auctioneers KBK Sports.

The goal is to raise about $10,000.

Some of the items for sale include a signed and framed photo of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick; a Boston Bruins jersey signed by former player Bobby Orr; And an autograph from former Boston Red Sox pitcher Kurt Schilling.

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The Metallica jerseys given to the Frates by the rock band, their high school baseball jerseys, and even their personal Boston College trash can are for sale.

Frates, a former Boston College baseball player who lived in Beverly, north of Boston, died in December 2019 after a seven-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He and his family inspired the spread of the Ice Bucket Challenge and helped raise millions of dollars for research into motor neurone disease, which has no cure.

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