Neil Alexander, Live Like Lou founder, dead of ALS at 49

AP News
Posted: Mar 25, 2015 9:42 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A financial planner who worked with the University of Pittsburgh to create the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research, has died of the disease he fought to cure. Neil Alexander was 49.

Alexander died Tuesday, the Live Like Lou Center said. The center was formed last month to work toward a cure for the degenerative nerve disease named for baseball player Lou Gehrig.

The center is named after a charity founded by Alexander and his wife, Suzanne. The Pittsburgh-area couple started the Live Like Lou fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation after Neil Alexander was diagnosed with the disease in June 2011.

The couple has pledged to raise $2.5 million, half of the center's startup cost.

Alexander named his charity after Gehrig because he admired the player's courage in dealing with the disease.