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Frates Shares Story

Two years ago, Director of Boston College Baseball Operations Pete Frates ’07 was diagnosed with ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the famous baseball player whose tragic struggle with ALS helped bring it to public attention. This past July 4, 75 years to the day that Gehrig, forced to retire because of ALS, made his farewell speech at Yankee Stadium – containing the immortal line, “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth” – Frates shared his story on the Bleacher Report.

Frates, who typed the post using an eye-tracking device, describes his experiences and delivers an appeal to support research on ALS.

 “My dream is for this article to be found by someone in a Google search one day – much like the one that linked my symptoms to ALS – and for he or she to wonder how anyone ever could have died from something treated so easily,” writes Frates, who notes that he and his wife are expecting their first child in September.

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