Posted on Jun 17, 2016 | Comments (0)
In the June 12th issue of Parade magazine, an article by Paulette Cohn highlighted an very important health issue for seniors, Alzheimer's disease. In this article, "Stars Rally for Alzheimer's," Parade discusses the many different celebrities who have joined the fight against Alzheimer's by raising money and perhaps more importantly, awareness.
Family caregiver Bob DeMarco testified that something as simple as turning on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for his mother, who was living with the disease, would help bring smiles and the occasional laugh to her life. Entertainers, including DeGeneres, have done their best to raise funding for research and awareness about Alzheimer's disease.
In 2014, Ellen DeGeneres presented Seth Rogan with a check worth $10,000 for his foundation Hilarity for Charity, a charity that he founded with his wife Lauren Miller, whose mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.
Other stars, including actress Brooke Shields and New Kids on the Block singer, Joey McIntyre, have lost their mothers to Alzheimer's disease and have been inspired to work on behalf of the cause by participating in fundraisers and helping to raise awareness. Shields is a supporter of the annual Rita Hayworth Gala that has been raising money and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association since 1984.
"A Night at Sardi's," a celebrity musical revue and awards dinner, is another benefit that has been around for 24 years and has raised more than $28 million since it was created. Stars like Jason Alexander and Keith Carradine, along with the casts of The Big Bang Theory and Frasier, have supported the popular benefit. In fact, David Hyde Pierce, star of Fraiser, has been testifying in front of Congress on behalf of Alzheimer's awareness since 1998. It is an issue close to Pierce's heart as both his father and grandfather were diagnosed with the disease.
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