The star of “Knocked Up”, “40 Year Old Virgin”, and “Super Bad” used his celebrity notoriety for a positive platform! On Wednesday, Seth Rogen addressed the Senate Appropriation Subcommittee regarding Labor, Health and Human Services for Alzheimer’s research. Alzheimer’s disease is one form of dementia, in older adults, that gradually becomes worse over time. It affects memory, thinking, and behavior.
Rogen stated the disease is a very close and personal matter. His mother-in-law was diagnosed with Alzheimers at 55 years old. Over the past 9 years the disease has become worse. Rogen gave a very heartfelt speech describing the emotional, mental, and physical pain his mother-in-law endures “beginning with his mother-in-law forgetting names and faces and eventually losing the ability to dress, eat or go to the bathroom by herself”. He also explained how it affects his entire family, especially his wife, Laura Miller. This gave Miller and Rogen the idea to create a organization, called Hilarity for Charity, which focuses on providing funds to enhance awareness, medical care and treatment for the disease.
After the meeting, Seth Rogen used his twitter account to express his thoughts and feelings regarding the response he received from the committee “All those empty seats are senators who are not prioritizing Alzheimer’s. Unless more noise is made, it won’t change.” We are thankful Seth Rogen broadened the awareness of this issue. Hopefully more people will join in his mission to make a great change that can possibly result in a brighter future for many people suffering from Alzheimer’s, as well as the families.