Pete Frates’ life changed forever on March 13, 2012, when he was diagnosed with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative condition that is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The former captain of Boston College’s baseball team, now 30 years old, dedicated his life to making a difference. And the difference he has made in the past year despite tremendous obstacles has made him a clear choice as PRWeek’s 2015 Communicator of the Year.
Since July 29, 2014, the ALS Association has received more than $115 million in donations, according to the organization’s website. Those numbers represent a 3,500% increase in donations year-on-year.
Put bluntly, Frates has done more to put the disease on the map than anyone in recent memory.