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Stars Rally for Alzheimer’s

By Julie Fink
Posted On Jul 01, 2016
Stars Rally for Alzheimer’s

As June comes to a close, we can look back at the astounding efforts by celebrities and patrons alike during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

One such A-lister is actor/comedian, Seth Rogen, whose mother-in-law is afflicted with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 55. Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller, have started Hilarity for Charity, an annual event promoting Alzheimer’s awareness and have raised money for in-home care for families affected by the disease. Just recently, Seth Rogen took to a different stage, testifying in front of a Senate committee for federal funding for Alzheimer’s research.

To date, Seth and his wife have raised over $5 million dollars for Alzheimer’s research.

Parade Magazine reports, New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre and actress Brooke Shields each lost their mothers to Alzheimer’s and they both work on behalf of the cause. McIntyre ran the Boston Marathon as a fundraiser, while Shields is a supporter of the annual Rita Hayworth Gala – the event that has raised funding and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of the iconic actress since 1984.

Another benefit on behalf of the disease, “A Night at Sardi’s,” is a celebrity musical revue and distinguished dinner supported by the casts of The Big Bang Theory and Frasier, as well as Jason Alexander and Keith Carradine. The celebs and attendees have raised more than $28 million over its 24-year run!

Fraiser’s David Hyde Pierce, whose grandfather and father were diagnosed with the disease, has been testifying before Congress on behalf of Alzheimer’s awareness since 1998, reports Parade Magazine. Pierce is also one of the many celebrity faces of the Alzheimer’s Awareness Month campaign.

The campaign initiates education and action using hashtags #talkdementia and #ENDALZ is backed by “Celebrity Champions,” including Bradley Cooper, Anthony Anderson, Vivica A. Fox, Elizabeth Hasselback, and many more who share how Alzheimer’s disease has touched their lives.

As for us regular folk, according to the stats gathered by alz.org, 10,292 participants on 3,296 teams raised millions of dollars collectively on “The Longest Day,” which is a fundraising day for Alzheimer’s every summer solstice on June 20th.

Looks like the purple wave is making ripples and we applaud every one of you!