A politician, a former reality TV star and a talk-show host– all who happen to have Multiple Sclerosis– have come together this week to launch a new social media campaign called “50 Million Faces” as part of the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
The Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, which launched in October 2014, aims to focus on and accelerate treatment, prevention and cures for five of the world’s most complex and devastating neurologic diseases: multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Parkinson’s disease and brain tumors.
The campaign hopes to shine a light on the more than 50 million people worldwide who are living with these five neurological disorders by asking them to share their stories in hopes of bringing awareness, which will create interest in funding research, treatments and finding cures.
Ann Romney announced the campaign during a public discussion at the World Medical Innovation Forum on Tuesday and hopes this campaign will become an internet sensation like last year’s ALS Ice Bucket challenge, but knows history is unlikely to repeat itself.
“You can’t really do that again, but you do want to figure out how these things catch fire. And we have the energy and passion of people who are fighting for their lives,” Romney said in an interview with People magazine.
To share your story, or a loved one’s, you can visit the 50millionfaces website, where you also have the option to share it to your social media profiles. Use the hashtag #50millionfaces.
Are you excited about this campaign? Are you planning to participate?
Melissa Bilecky is 22 years old and lives in New Jersey. She graduated from Felician College last May with a B.A. in Communications and minor in Psychology and was an intern at a rock radio station, WDHA, for four months before graduating. She also was the manager of her school’s radio station, WRFC, for three years where she also hosted several radio shows. Mel is currently working as a reporter for The Jersey Journal.