400 approaching Saturday for Good Harbor ALS Frates advantage ‘Plunge’

December 26, 2014 - als

Posted: Thursday, Dec 25, 2014 7:19 pm

400 approaching Saturday for Good Harbor ALS Frates advantage ‘Plunge’

By Ray Lamont editor

Salem News

Late Jul and Aug brought a Ice Bucket Challenge — a ALS fund-raiser that was launched on interest of Beverly’s Pete Frates, and eventually swept a republic and a world.

Now, on Saturday comes a “Plunge 4 Pete,” a closer-to-home fundraiser that is approaching to pull some-more than 400 swimmers to Gloucester’s Good Harbor Beach for a wintry dive into a Atlantic Ocean.

The “Plunge 4 Pete” outlines a fourth ALS advantage during Good Harbor, and Saturday’s date coincides with Frates’ 30th birthday.

The eventuality has drawn an estimated 200 swimmers to Good Harbor in a past. But over a final year, Frates — who was diagnosed in 2012 with amyotrophic parallel sclerosis (ALS), also famous as Lou Gehrig’s illness — has spin a tellurian focal indicate of a ALS/Ice Bucket Challenge fundraisers that challenged Facebook users and others opposite amicable media, especially, to present to ALS investigate and post a video of themselves being doused in ice water.

The disturb lifted some-more than $220 million in a quarrel opposite ALS — and significantly lifted recognition of a disease, for that there stays no famous heal or even treatment.  

In a Tuesday radio speak with Boston-based sports speak hire WEEI, Nancy Frates — Pete’s mom — pronounced she expects some-more than 400 to spin out for Saturday’s event. The “Plunge 4 Pete” page during petefrates.com also shows that during slightest 4 purebred teams have already lifted pledges of some-more than $5,000 for Saturday’s event, headed by a organisation of friends called Team ThreePete, that has surfaced a $11,000 mark.

Plunge set for 1 p.m.

Saturday’s thrust will start with registration and check-in starting during noon during a Bass Rocks Golf Club during 34 Beach Road. Participants will be bused from Bass Rocks to Good Harbor Beach commencement during 12:45, according to organizers.

The tangible thrust is set for 1 p.m. Plungers will have a use of a Bass Rocks Golf Club comforts to comfortable adult and change, with an awards rite and jubilee to follow, including food, song and a money bar. Anyone still seeking to register might do so by visiting www.petefrates.com.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took off in Jul and Aug and carried by September, including opposite Cape Ann, where some 380 students, teachers and staffers during Manchester Essex Regional Middle/High School doused themselves in ice while lifting some-more than $6,000.

The city of Gloucester also hosted a vital organisation dunking during Stage Fort Park in August. In Rockport, Smith Ace Hardware and Lumber during Station Square hosted a mass plea in a name of Jeffrey Dietrich, a 54-year-old construction executive and lifelong city proprietor who was diagnosed with ALS in 2013. Dietrich was among those who took a bucket of ice over a head.

The Ice Bucket Challenges were generally hold in 80-degree or warmer temperatures, and Saturday’s thrust will be a opposite story. The Gloucester foresee from a National Weather Service is job for mostly balmy skies, with a low heat of 38 degrees, though a assuage high of 49.

Times Editor Ray Lamont can be reached during 978-675-2705, or around email during rlamont@gloucestertimes.com.

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Thursday, Dec 25, 2014 7:19 pm.

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