The comedic couple stepped out for a serious cause on Thursday, as they were honored at the event with the unite2gether Award for their work with Hilarity for Charity, an Alzheimer’s awareness program that seeks to inspire change and raise awareness about the disease among the millennial generation.
The cause hits close to home for Miller, whose mother was diagnosed with the progressive degenerative disease at just 55 years old. The actress and writer also had two grandparents who suffered from Alzheimer’s, both of whom died when she was young. She and Rogen co-founded Hilarity for Charity in 2012, and host annual variety shows to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.
“We try to make events that are fun and funny because we know how not funny Alzheimer’s is,” Rogen told ET. “We're trying to counteract that in some way, I think, by distracting people from it.”
There’s a lot of work to be done, but the couple feels like, by raising awareness about Alzheimer's, research and treatment, they’re helping to raise the profile of the disease, especially among young people.
“I was 25 when my mom was diagnosed, and I felt pretty alone...like people weren’t talking about it,” Miller explained. “[These days], I feel like people are starting to talk about it. The stigma is starting to go away and the government did increase funding a little bit in the fall. [It’s] not nearly what it needs to be, but it was a step in the right direction.”