On April 28, the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseasesâ”€a medical research hub at Brigham and Women’s Hospitalâ”€launched a social media campaign called 50 Million Faces. The center is asking individuals around the world to share personal stories about neurologic disease and inspire a community of hope by visiting 50MillionFaces.org. Collectively, more than 50 million people worldwide—and their loved ones—are affected by five of the most complex and devastating neurologic diseases: multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Parkinson’s disease and brain tumors.
Ann Romney, global ambassador for the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, announced the campaign during the World Medical Innovation Forum in Boston. In the video above highlighting 50 Million Faces, she is joined by several individuals sharing their personal stories, including Montel Williams, Jack Osbourne, Andrea Rittenberg Segel, Nicole Whitmore, Marcia Head, Susan Mosher, Michael Mosher, Nancy Frates and Steve Keating.
“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.”
By raising awareness of MS, Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s and brain tumors through 50 Million Faces, the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases aims to increase funding for research, treatments and cures. The campaign reflects the spirit of the center, which is committed to fostering real-time information sharing among researchers and clinicians to reach cures more quickly.
- Share your story: Spread awareness of 50 Million Faces by sharing your personal experience or the experience of a loved one. Post a short video, written message or photo to 50MillionFaces.org or on any of your social networks using the hashtag #50MillionFaces. How you tell your story is up to you: it can be a short, personal anecdote, a tribute to a loved one or a message of hope to others who are bravely facing these diseases.
- Learn more: Visit BWHannromneycenter.org to learn about the work of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a vibrant research hub dedicated to accelerating treatments, prevention and cures for MS, Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s and brain tumors. Howard L. Weiner, MD, and Dennis J. Selkoe, MD, two of the world’s foremost experts in the field of neurologic disease, are the center’s co-directors.