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February 27th, 2014
Seth Rogen may be best known as the friendly stoner in films like Knocked Up and This Is The End, but the actor and writer has been taking on a new role as Alzheimer’s activist. The disease unfortunately hits close to home for Rogen, with his mother-in-law suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s. Rogen and his wife, actress Lauren Miller, have become advocates for increased research and treatment of the disease, appearing on CNN and Larry King in an attempt to bring awareness and reduce the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s. The two have also started a charity, called Hilarity for Charity, which raises money for Alzheimer’s research.
The couple’s latest effort to bring awareness to the need for increased research had Rogen testifying at a Senate subcommittee meeting yesterday, which was televised on C-SPAN. While Rogen’s speech was laced with the comedian’s trademark self-deprecating humour, his mission to bring awareness and reduce stigma associated with the disease was clear.
Rogen’s role as an activist may not be that shocking considering his upbringing. His mother was a social worker and his father worked for a non-profit organization while the actor was growing up in Vancouver. Rogen has always been very outspoken about his beliefs towards the legalization of marijuana, now switching gears to a disease that Rogen says could affect 16 million Americans in the next 35 years if it continues to progress without a cure.
Check out Seth Rogen’s heartfelt and inspiring testimony below and click here for information on Rogen and Miller’s Hilarity for Charity.Tweet