September fifth marked the official Pete Frates day in Boston. Mayor Marty Walsh hosted a rally in honor of the man who inspired the ice bucket challenge, which has since raised millions for ALS research.

Frates was diagnosed with the debilitating disease without a cure in 2012 and he has been fighting ever since to raise awareness and money for research.

Today, as Frates was surrounded by family, friends, members of his alma matter, Boston College, members of the Red Sox and others — that work was honored.

“It’s impossible to overstate the impact Pete Frates has made on our city, especially the youth of our city,” said Walsh. “Pete, you’ve changed our city for the better. You’ve made an impact on countless lives. You’ve helped us remember that, in the end, we are one family and that we have to look out for each other.” 

Pete’s wife, Julie Frates, thanked the crowd that turned out for all their support.

“Without this city, there would be no ice bucket challenge and this disease wouldn’t have been on the map like it has been,” said Julie Frates.

The Ice Bucket challenge has raised well over $200 million dollars since it began and the Frates family has promised it will continue every August until there is a cure for ALS.