The man suffering from ALS and credited with starting the Ice Bucket Challenge, Pete Frates, 29, lost one of his biggest supporters this weekend. His friend and former Boston College classmate, Corey Griffin, 27, died after leaving an ALS fundraiser in Nantucket on Friday evening where he raised $100,000 for the cause. After the event, he dove off of a building into a wharf and drowned, according to The Boston Globe.
Frates shared the news and released a statement on his Facebook page: “Team FrateTrain lost a good friend today, Corey Griffin. Helping out was nothing new for Griff. He held his own event for me back in 2012, just a few months after diagnosis. He worked his butt off these last few weeks for ALS. We texted everyday, planning and scheming ways to raise funds and plan events.”
Griffin had helped Frates, a former Boston College baseball star who was diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) two years ago and has since lost his ability to talk and can’t move his arms or legs, create his Ice Bucket Challenge video which was one of the very first.