SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (TS Alliance) congratulates its long-time supporter and celebrity spokesperson, Julianne Moore, for winning "Best Actress in a Leading Role" during last night's 87th Annual Academy Awards. Moore won the Oscar® for her stellar performance as Alice Howland in the film, "Still Alice."
"We are so thrilled to see Julianne win a well-deserved Oscar this year," said Kari Luther Rosbeck, President and CEO of the TS Alliance. "Her compassion was truly exemplified in her beautiful performance in 'Still Alice,' and we also salute Julianne for bringing additional awareness about early-onset Alzheimer's disease."
In addition to supporting the TS Alliance and the Alzheimer's community, Moore also serves as an Artist Ambassador for Save the Children, on the Advisory Council of The Children's Health Fund, and as a supporter to a handful of other non-profit organizations where she has equally made a tremendous difference.
"Julianne's support and partnership have been unbelievable gifts to the TSC community over the past 12 years," Rosbeck continued. "Because of her, so many incredible advances have been made for individuals and families living with TSC and they have hope like never before."
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to form in vital organs, including the brain, eyes, skin, liver, lungs, heart and kidneys. It is also the leading genetic cause of both autism and epilepsy. TSC affects about 50,000 in the United States and more than 1 million worldwide. Currently, there is no cure. Since 2010, there have been two FDA-approved treatments to shrink tumors in the brain and kidneys of those with TSC, and promising research continues for additional therapies to improve the quality of daily life for every individual with TSC.
Moore got involved with the TS Alliance when she met a toddler with TSC and his father by chance on the streets of New York City. Since then, she's been an ambassador for the organization, hosting high-profile fundraising events, testifying before Congress for increased Federal TSC research funding, promoting the Step Forward to Cure TSC® walkathon program and appearing in awareness-building videos and campaigns.
Moore is also featured in an upcoming public service announcement (PSA) campaign called #IAMTSC. Moore's new 30-second PSA can be viewed at www.IAMTSC.org.
For more information contact:
Jaye D. Isham, Vice President, Communications Strategy
(301) 562-9890, [email protected]
SOURCE Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance