On November 6, Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity announced plans to extend the fraternity’s support in the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The not-for-profit foundation, LiveLikeLou was founded in 2011 and named after Lou Gehrig. LiveLikeLou was established by Neil and Suzanne Alexander, when Neil, a University of Pittsburgh Phi Delta Theta brother, was diagnosed with ALS. What began as a fund to mobilize support and raise awareness, LiveLikeLou grew into a major advocate for ALS research. LiveLikeLou successfully pledged $2.5 million dollars to build The LiveLikeLou Center for ALS Research and established a $10 million dollar partnership with the University of Pittsburgh. Through its members, chapters and alumni network, Phi Delta Theta will promote the efforts of The LiveLikeLou Foundation and encourage philanthropy.
Oracle CEO Mark Hurd served as president of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity while attending Baylor University on a tennis scholarship. Hurd continues to be actively involved with the Phi Delta Theta community.