MA debuts new license plate to raise awareness for ALS

BOSTON (WHDH) - State officials unveiled a new license plate to help raise awareness for ALS.

Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined top ALS experts and families affected by the disease to unveil the first-ever Massachusetts ALS license plate.

The proceeds from the special plate will benefit ALS One, a local non-profit with a mission to find a treatment or cure for the disease by the year 2020.

“I think the most important thing is progress,” said Governor Baker.

Governor Baker commented on how hard people have been working to get people to understand ALS.

Pete Frates inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014, which raised more than 220 million dollars for ALS research.

His family said this was the next step towards a cure.

“It’s just another thing for our family and for us to be proud of,” said Julie Frates, wife of Pete Frates. “Pete is so honored to be a part of all this—it’s incredible,” she added.

The license plate has been approved by the state but will need 750 registration applications to begin production and funding.

To reserve a plate, you can visit www.ALSONE.org.

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