When I’m not busy saving the world, I like to blow off steam with a good game of dodgeball or a Saturday night lightsaber duel. My mind is convinced that ice cream is a food group but my physique does not agree. I have fought a bull, worn eyeliner socially and navigated a jet pack just not all at the same time…yet. I grew up at Knott’s Berry Farm and have an E-ticket from Disneyland that’s not electronic. I’m from the West Coast and live on the East Coast but sometimes on the West Coast then back to the East…I’m conflicted.
I lost my Nana to Alzheimer’s. I’ve found some friends who are here to help me kick this disease’s ass.
I was born and raised in the mean streets of Vancouver. I got my chest hair in Montreal. My wonderful glow in Australia. And now I work, live, and play in Los Angeles, where I am a writer and philanthropist.
I once told a bully, you mess with my friend, you mess with me! Alzheimer’s is pushing around my dear friend’s mother and the hell if I’m gonna stand by and do nothing! The disease is losing the race for society’s attention. Cancer, AIDS, Africa; as noble as those are, they’re the cool kids on the block. Utilizing comedy and starfucking, we’re gonna trick the world into making the fight against Alzheimer’s a priority!
I teamed up with my friends to start Hilarity for Charity four years ago. Why? Because Alzheimer’s sucks. Because Alzheimer’s is scary. Because there is no cure or prevention. The number of people living with Alzheimer’s keeps increasing, which means the number of people caring for those people living with Alzheimer’s is increasing even more.
Since starting Hilarity for Charity a lot has changed for me…I became a mom to the amazing Stella “Danger” Cohl. And while Alzheimer’s still terrifies me, I now fight to Kick Alz in the Ballz so that my daughter will never have to!
Lauren Miller Rogen
I’m Lauren Miller Rogen and I’m a writer, actor, dog lover, and more. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s has touched my life many times over the years: My grandfather passed away from it when I was 12, my grandmother when I was 18, and my mom was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s when I was 25. She was only 55.
Throughout the years, I started realizing how many young people, didn’t understand Alzheimer’s. How it ravages the person who has it, and how it can truly test the family who loves them. So, we’re trying to build awareness, which will hopefully lead to money, research, and care. And, I’m hoping that with Hilarity For Charity, we can show people how important it is to end Alzheimer’s and have a little fun along the way.
A few years ago, as a joke about my laziness, I received the “Good Intentions” award at a charity event for the work I would one day do. Well, Alzheimer’s sucks, so now I’m doing what I can to end it. I want young people to know that Alzheimer’s isn’t something to worry about just when you get old… And that we can tell a few jokes along the way to finding a cure.