PITTSBURGH (AP) – The University of Pittsburgh is creating the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research to study a cure for the degenerative nerve disease named for baseball player Lou Gehrig.
The center is named after a charity founded by Neil and Suzanne Alexander, a Pittsburgh couple who started the fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation after Neil Alexander was diagnosed with the disease three years ago. Click here for more information on the Live Like Lou Foundation.READ MORE: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Outlines Plans To Step Down
Pitt says the couple have pledged to raise $2.5 million, half of the center’s start-up cost.
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Alexander, who works with an investment firm and was diagnosed at age 46, named his charity after Gehrig because he believed the ball player showed dignity and courage in the face of the disease.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Police Investigating Multiple Overnight Gas Station Armed Robberies
Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher says the school is “honored to be chosen as partners in this effort by the Alexander family.”Stimulus Check Update: Some May See Even More Money From Potential Economic Relief Package
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