Pete Frates The Ball Boy

Brian and I met Pete Frates in the mods during the 2003 football season. At the time Pete's older sister was a classmate of ours and Pete was a freshman. You might not have ever met Pete but some of you have probably seen him play baseball. More of you saw him on the sidelines of football games during that 2003 season as a ball boy where he was for most, if not all, home games that season.

The Pete Frates story now is one that many of you Eagle fans are somewhat familiar with since the Strike Out ALS campaign got a lot of support this baseball season through the team's twitter account, BCEagles.com and many other outlets. Pete is fighting ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, and his story is best told through his fundraisering website. There you can contribute to his fund, learn more about him or sign up for some of the fundraisers they have going on which includes a golf tournament on July 30.

Pete Frates was and is an Eagle. He had a great night Wednesday as he got to throw out the first pitch at the Red Sox game wearing his BC hat. Hopefully there are many more exciting nights ahead, but for now, I think he and his family would rank Wednesday night pretty high up there. He said in an interview, just eight weeks ago his friends knew little if anything about ALS so it has undoubtedly been quite an emotional 2012. Pete and his family would appreciate your support to help his fight in whatever way you can. To help monetarily, click here.

If you are a golfer, a northeast tour of Golf Fundraisers might be exactly what you need to do at the end of July and beginning of August. Play in Pete's golf tournament on July 30 in Andover, MA and then head up to Andrew Marsh's Memorial Golf Tournament August 3rd in Old Orchard Beach, ME. Andy was another member of those 2003 football tailgates in the mods Brian and I were a part of.

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