Man Who Inspired Ice Bucket Challenge Could Leave Hospital Soon

The man who inspired the ice bucket challenge to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig's disease research could be released from the hospital this week, according to his family.

Pete Frates' father, John, told NBC Boston that doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital make decisions on releases day by day, but they are hopeful it will be soon.

"Fingers crossed for tomorrow's release," said John Frates.

He went on to say that his son has been frustrated since last week's insensitive tweet from a Boston journalist about his death.

Following the tweet, Pete Frates responded by posting a 45-second video on Twitter showing him lying in a hospital bed while the song "Alive" by Pearl Jam played in the background.

Pete Frates was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2012. The disease weakens muscles and impairs physical functioning. There is no known cure.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raised more than $220 million when it took off worldwide on social media in 2014.

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