On March 13, 2011 Nancy’s 27-year-old son Peter was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Since that day, she has immersed herself in the ALS community. In the past two years, she has travelled and networked to the offices of CEO’s, Senators, Congressmen, top medical professionals, and governmental authorities, mostly the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). She has testified in Washington, D.C., in front of an FDA panel and has initiated and executed petitions regarding important issues affecting the ALS community.
Along with other family members, Nancy runs the Pete Frates #3 Fund, which raises money to aid Pete in his battle with the disease. “Team Frate Train,” as Pete’s supporters are known, has grown over the past couple of years. They have a website to sell Frate Train Gear and run marquee events for the fund as well as supporting ALS organizations through their events.
In August 2014, the Frates family and supporters inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to go viral. During August and the months following, Nancy has been interviewed for domestic and international television, magazines and websites. In addition, she speaks at events across the country.
Nancy is a graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Science (magna cum laude) from the School of Management. Her son Pete also went to Boston College, where he was captain of the baseball team. In addition to Pete, Nancy and her husband, John, have a daughter, Jenn Mayo, and a son, Andrew.