Students Raise More than $68,000 for Live Like Lou!

Fox Chapel Area School District students held their 26th annual telethon December 23, 2015, and raised more than $68,000! This year’s telethon total is a record-breaking total and brings the money raised by Fox Chapel Area students to more than $696,000 over the last 26 years for various local and regional charities. This year’s total also includes a matching donation of $25,000 that was made by an anonymous Fox Chapel Area School District family!

This year, the telethon raised money for Live Like Lou, which was started by two parents in the Fox Chapel Area School District to help ALS patients and their families in Western Pennsylvania. Once again, the telethon involved students from all of the schools in the Fox Chapel Area School District (Fairview, Hartwood, Kerr, and O'Hara elementaries; Dorseyville Middle School; and Fox Chapel Area High School). Student, teacher, and parent representatives participated in the telethon benefiting Live Like Lou by making donations. Additionally, Suzanne Alexander, a founder of Live Like Lou, appeared as part of the telethon, as well as WTAE broadcaster and the host of WTAE's "Chronicle," Sally Wiggin. The public was also invited to make donations through each of the district's schools.

Comcast cable customers were able to see the telethon live on Channels 96 or 98 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. December 23, and customers with Verizon FIOS could view the telethon live on Channel 28. It was also streamed live on the district's website at The telethon will also be rebroadcast every day (December 23-January 1) through Comcast and Verizon FIOS from 4-6 p.m. The telethon can also be viewed anytime on the district's website at

Live Like Lou, a fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, is a local organization focused on raising awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's Disease), supporting scientific research targeted at finding a cure, and providing care for ALS patients and their families in Western Pennsylvania. Specifically, the Fox Chapel Area telethon supports Live Like Lou Patient Care Fund grants, the Iron Horse Awards for Kids grants, and the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research. Live Like Lou was started by Neil Alexander and his wife Suzanne in 2012. Unfortunately Neil passed away in 2015, but his wife continues the work of this important charity in his honor.