Glee's Max Adler on Battling the Disease That Hit His Mother and Grandma — and Could Strike Him
Glee's Max Adler recruited a bunch of his fellow TV and Broadway actors to help get the word out for a fundraising event to benefit FSH Muscular Distrophy, a cause very close to his heart
Glee star Max Adler has called on a bunch of his TV and Broadway starring friends — including Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory), Katie Leclerc (Switched at Birth) and Kayla Ewell (Vampire Diaries) — to join the fight against muscular dystophy.
Adler and his pals have filmed a video, which PEOPLE can exclusively share, to benefit FSH Society’s second annual Ghostly Gala to Vanish FSH Muscular Dystrophy, which will raise awareness and funds to find a cure for FSH Muscular Dystrophy.
Adler tells PEOPLE that this is a cause very near and dear to his heart: “FSH is a form of Muscular Dystrophy that I have been affected by directly. Both my grandmother and my mother suffered from it,” he says.
“The disease, FSH stands for Fascioscapulohumeral, means it deteriorates your muscles in the upper body, shoulders and face, and robs those affected of their ability to grasp things, lift things, smile, wink, drink through a straw, etc,” he explains.
Adler reveals that because “the disease can easily be passed down through genetics, there is a chance that my brother or I could be affected as well. Currently, there is no treatment or cure that has been proven to beat this disease but scientists and researchers are working very hard and we are super close.”
For the chance to rub elbows with stage and small screen’s brightest, Adler is inviting any and all to attend the gala this Sunday Oct. 30 in downtown Los Angeles. Viewers who can’t attend in person will be able to watch via livestream, make online donations and submit proxy bids to win a pair of tickets to Super Bowl LI.
“The best part is the event will be livestreamed across the globe so people can feel like they are in the room even if they are in a different country,” says Adler, 30. “The goal of this event is to raise awareness about what this disease is, raise money to hopefully find a treatment or cure as soon as possible, and with any luck, create the Muscular Dystrophy telethon for the next generation.”
More information about the event and how to help in the fight can be found via the FSH Society.