Tonight, Seth Rogen is on a mission to bring laughs to your homes in the form of an entertaining 80s-themed game show, all with the primary goal of raising funds and awareness for a truly worthy cause.
In 2012, Seth and his wife lauren miller rogen based Hilarity for Charity (HFC) when Lauren’s mother was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease. Through their first-hand experiences, they have seen the crippling effects of Alzheimer’s not only on the person with the disease, but also on loved ones who witness a difficult decline.
Before seeing what the disease did to his mother-in-law, Seth told me, “The way I saw the Alzheimer’s picture looked like forgetting, I guess. I didn’t understand that it could progress to the point where you forget how to walk, how to eat, and do the things that make you a functional human. I hadn’t realized how expensive it was for caregivers. There was so much turmoil coming our way, that starting our own charity was really like a coping mechanism at first just for ourselves and then we saw what demand there was from other people who were going through similar things who actually felt they also didn’t have the resources or outlets they wish they had.
Seth goes on to share that to this day there is still no real treatment or cure for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, but he is quick to explain that there are things we we can all do to give us a better chance of not having to endure Alzheimer’s disease. falls from this disease shamelessly, which is why brain health remains a top concern for his team at HFC.
“I think the average person doesn’t even know there are things you can do to keep your brain healthy,” Seth continues. “I think they know you can keep your heart healthy, your lungs healthy, and your legs healthy, but I don’t think the average person understands that you can do things to keep your brain healthy. good health and that’s what can prevent Alzheimer’s disease.”
Tonight, brains will need to be sharpened for HFC’s second annual Head to Head game show, which airs live at 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EST. Tickets can be purchased on the HFC website all profits being donated to care and research on Alzheimer’s disease.
“We try to make it really funny,” Seth shares ahead of tonight’s fundraising game show. “We have Charlize Theron and Martin Star and Jillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz, Yvette Nicole Brown, they are all very funny people. Each has a team of participants and a lot of the questions are related to consulting their team and I host it. It was funny last year and I think it will be better this year.
When I asked Seth what it meant to him that his Hollywood friends are supporting HFC in raising much-needed funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease, he replied, “It’s really good, honestly. I am always amazed by people who are willing to associate with me in any capacity. It speaks to the cause. Almost everyone has someone in their life who has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
With high hopes for this fun night but keeping their focus on the big picture, Seth knows what he and his wife Lauren expect most from their dedicated mission. “Our goal is to raise awareness that Alzheimer’s is a disease that needs a lot of attention and falls short of having the resources to make the dent it needs to not completely financially destroy the economy. of this country, just from the number of people who will have it, the number of caregivers needed to care for those people. It’s already the costliest disease in America. The only disease among the top ten leading causes of death that has no real cure or treatment and is underfunded compared to other diseases that have less pressing issues Our ultimate goal is to never have to organize Hilarity For Charity again because Alzheimer’s is curable.
Being someone who had to watch over and help care for a loved one struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, I concluded my conversation with Seth by asking him what advice or comforting words would he like to share with others who are dealing with the deteriorating effects of Alzheimer’s with someone they love.
“I can tell you are not alone and if you go to our website, we have resources, we have online support groups. If you need home care and can’t afford it, we have grants for people you can apply for. There are people like us trying to help you and make your life easier because we understand what you are going through.