Seth Rogen Speaks in Front of Senate Committee for Alzheimer's Awareness
Comedian Seth Rogen appeared in front of a Senate Committee yesterday, to discuss his personal experience with Alzheimer's. But before he started to address the issue he shared a few laughs with Senate Chariman, Tom Harkin.
Rogen began his speech with a joke when he address Harkin and says, "I don't know if you know if I am at all. You told me you never saw 'Knocked Up,' chairman. So, that's a little insulting." Harkin responded back to Rogen by saying, "I want the record to note, this is the first time, I will wager, this is the first time in any congressional hearing in history that the words 'knocked up' have ever been spoken." Rogen makes a few more jokes before he begins his speech.
Rogen is married to actress Lauren Miller, who's mother was diagonsed with early-onset Alzheimer's at the age of 55. Rogen talks about his lack of understanding of the disease before his mother-in-law was diagnosed. He said that he that, "it was something only really, really old people got" and had to do with "forgetting your keys and mismatched shoes." He now sees it first hand and talks about his mother-in-law and said, "After forgetting who she and her loved one were, she forgot how to speak, feed herself, dress herself, all by age of 60."
Rogen went on to say, "I came here today for few reasons, one, I'm a huge 'House of Cards' fan. Two, people need more help. I've personally witnessed the massive amount of financial strain this disease causes...Three, to show people they are not alone, so few people share their personal stories." He told the committee that, "Americans whisper the words Alzehimer's. It's needs to be yelled and screamed."
Rogen and his wife created "Hilarity for Charity," where they have began to inform young adults about Alzheimer's, hoping to change the stigma associated with the debilitating disease.
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