Seth Rogen makes passionate speech before Senate committee

Actor Seth Rogen gave opening statements to a Senate comittee investigating Alzheimer's on Wednesday

February 27, 2014 5:35:33 AM PST
"Yes, I'm aware this has nothing to do with the legalization of marijuana," said actor Seth Rogen to a round of laughter during a Senate committee hearing on Alzheimer's research yesterday.

Laced with comedy, the 31-year-old actor made an impassioned opening statement during the Senate Committee hearing and explained how he got involved with the debilitating disease.

Rogen became an advocate for awareness and funding for Alzheimer's research after meeting his future mother-in-law nine years ago. That's when he said his now-wife, Lauren Miller, admitted something was wrong with her mother, Adele.

Not long after that, Adele was diagnosed with Alzheimer's while only in her mid-50's. No surprise that both of his mother-in-law's parents both passed away from the disease, Rogen said.

Rogen and his wife created "Hilarity for Charity," an organization designed to inform teens about Alzheimer's.

He hopes this education campaign will change the stigma associated with the debilitating disease.

"Americans whisper the words Alzehimer's," he told lawmakers. "It's needs to be yelled and screamed."

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