Help inspire hope and drive research to find cures for five of the most complex neurologic diseases of our time.
“Nothing can prepare you for the moment when your mother looks into your eyes and asks you what your name is,” says Amy Erickson. “I lost my mother to Alzheimer’s in 2007, but truth be told, I lost her a little bit at a time for 10 years.”
Amy is one of millions around the world who have faced the devastating effects of neurologic diseases – either through a loved one’s illness or through their own personal experience.
To give Amy and others like her a platform to share their stories, the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) launched the social media campaign 50 Million Faces (#50MillionFaces) in late April.
Already, more than more than 500 stories have been posted at 50MillionFaces.org, kicked off with the support of public figures including Ann Romney, Jack Osbourne, and Montel Williams.
Now, it’s your turn. We invite you to share your own story or the story of a loved one to help inspire hope and drive research to find cures for five of the most complex neurologic diseases of our time – multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Parkinson’s disease, and brain tumors. Collectively, more than 50 million people worldwide are living with these diseases.
“When I was diagnosed with MS, I was frightened and did not know where to turn,” says Ann Romney. “I want people facing a diagnosis like mine to know they are not alone. There are so many people facing these neurologic diseases. By doing something as simple as sharing your story online, you can raise awareness and help to create a community of hope.”
- Share your story: Share your personal experience or the experience of a loved one by posting a short video, written message, or photo to 50MillionFaces.org or on your social networks by using the hashtag #50MillionFaces.
- Educate yourself: Visit BWHannromneycenter.org to learn about the work of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, a medical research center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital dedicated to accelerating treatments, prevention, and cures for MS, Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s, and brain tumors.
- Donate: Your support will fuel groundbreaking research and life-giving breakthroughs for the millions confronting neurologic diseases. Make a gift at BWHannromneycenter.org to help change outcomes for future generations.
By joining this effort, you will help to shine a spotlight on neurologic diseases – and the need for research, treatments, and cures. The Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, directed by Howard L. Weiner, MD, and Dennis J. Selkoe, MD, two of the world’s leading experts in the field, are working with a team of 250 researchers at the Center and other scientists around the globe to speed up the pace of scientific discovery and make a difference for patients and families.
For more information about the center’s 50 Million Faces campaign, please watch our video below and visit 50MillionFaces.org.