Please join the Acton-Boxborough Regional PTSO, Danny’s Place Youth Services, and Acton-Boxborough United Way as we welcome Nancy Frates to the AB community and hear her story of one family’s strength, courage, and creativity in bringing the world’s attention to ALS.
In 2011, Nancy Frates’ 27-year-old son Peter, who grew up in Beverly and played baseball for Boston College, was diagnosed with ALS. The family’s world changed in a moment. They were told there was no treatment or cure and that life expectancy was two to five years. Since that day, Nancy has immersed herself in the ALS community. In 2014, Pete, along with family and supporters, inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to go viral, raising $220 million to date for the ALS Association and its global partners. This funding has allowed ALS researchers to make progress in understanding this fatal disease. Nancy is the CEO of Team Frate Train and a member of the ALS Association National Board of Trustees.
This inspirational talk, which highlights resilience and resourcefulness in the face of adversity, is free and open to the community; donations are welcome and will benefit the ALS Association.
Rumor has it that a few of the AB principals will participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge on stage. Students, parents, and faculty are encouraged to attend. A dessert reception will follow immediately, sponsored by Metrowest Behavioral Health Center and featuring treats by Bisousweets Confections.