Governor signs bill honoring man behind ice bucket challenge

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, right center, and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, third from left, participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge with its inspiration Pete Frates, seated in center, to raise money for ALS research, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, at the Statehouse in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — The start of every August will kick off Ice Bucket Challenge Week in Massachusetts.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday signed into law a bill designating the first week of the month as a time to honor Pete Frates. Frates inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge that has raised more than $220 million for Lou Gehrig’s disease research since 2014.

The Beverly native and former Boston College baseball star was diagnosed in 2012 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. There is no known cure for the disease, which weakens muscles and impairs physical functioning.

During the Ice Bucket Challenge, participants dump buckets of ice water over their heads and challenge others to do the same.

The bill calls on Massachusetts residents to observe Ice Bucket Challenge Week “in an appropriate manner.”

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