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Seth Rogen Speaks About Alzheimer’s and Marijuana Before U.S Senate [VIDEO]

The ‘This Is The End’ actor testified in Washington, D.C on Wednesday

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: February 27th, 2014 in Culture » Society » News

Funnyman, Seth Rogen, got serious on Wednesday while testifying before the U.S Senate subcommittee regarding an issue he’s very passionate about, Alzheimer’s.

Rogen visited Capital Hill to lend a voice in support of legislation to increase funding for Alzheimer’s disease, a cause close to his heart since meeting his wife’s mother, Adele Miller, who was diagnosed at an early age.

"I started dating my wife Lauren nine years ago when her mother was almost 54 years old. It was during this trip, the first time I met my now mother-in-law, that Lauren first admitted to herself and then to me that something was off with her mother.

"Soon after this trip at 55 years old Lauren's mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's."

The ‘Knocked Up’ star was so impressed by his father-in-law’s efforts that he launched his own fund to support families and raise funds for research entitled “Hilarity For Charity’.

"That's right, the situation is so dire, that it caused me, a lazy, self-involved, generally self-medicated man-child, to start an entire charity organization," he joked.

"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."

In typical Rogen fashion, he took a few breaks for the serious topic to drop self-deprecating jokes regarding his marijuana use.

"First I should answer the question that I assume many of you are asking -- yes, I am aware this has nothing to do with the legalisation of marijuana. In fact, if you can believe it, this concerns something that I find even more important,” he explained before discussing Alzheimer’s disease.

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