Jenny McCarthy: Generation Rescue

If you were watching the ball drop in Times Square this past New Year’s Eve/Day, you may have tuned in to see if Jenny McCarthy was going to make it her second year to kiss a stranger at midnight. Well, she did, but there was something grander overshadowing the countdown and kiss, and that was the start of another year in the fight to help parents around the world in their mission to help their children who have been diagnosed with autism.

Much like Holly Robinson Peete and Tisha Campbell-Martin, Jenny McCarthy has been deeply involved and in the trenches, looking to listen, learn, educate, inspire and take action against autism and its effects, not only on the children, but on the family members and friends who are taking care of them.

As President of Generation Rescue, Jenny is able to travel in order to reach out to hundreds of thousands of people in order to initiate the dialogue. I encourage you to acquire more knowledge on the topic and to add their website to your research.

Jenny’s story is a remarkable one, and as she was able to figure out what worked best for her son’s recovery, she was, as a result, able to proclaim that her son eventually was free of the disorder.

See Jenny’s message HERE.

- Kendra Kabasele

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Holly Robinson Peete: HollyRod Foundation

CBS’ The Talk Co-Host Holly Robinson Peete is inspiring others to become more aware of both Autism and Parkinson’s Disease. Both have touched her life in that she lost her father, Matthew Robinson, widely known as Gordon on the early years of Sesame Street, to Parkinson’s and her son, with husband Rodney Peete, Rodney Jr., was diagnosed with Autism at a young age. In 1997 Holly and Rodney Sr. founded the HollyRod Foundation, which is “dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with Autism and Parkinson’s disease. Efforts of the HollyRod Foundation are providing a better quality of life for individuals and their families.”

(Source: http://www.hollyrod.org/about/)

This weekend in Beverly Hills, California, the Peete family will be holding its annual fundraising event for the Foundation. On Saturday, July 23rd, 2011, Holly and Rodney will welcome guests to a private estate where the event, DesignCare, is being held. It will be the 13th year the event has taken place.

Here’s a Public Service Announcement about autism Holly did over last year’s holiday season:

(Source: HollyRod Foundation’s YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/HollyRodFoundation#p/a/u/1/ywGPC7C-nPQ)

There is so much to learn about Autism and Parkinson’s Disease. Holly’s website is a great portal of information, and a great place to begin, especially if you are unfamiliar with the disorder and disease: http://www.hollyrod.org

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Tisha Campbell-Martin: Colored My Mind

You may know Tisha Campbell-Martin as the hilarious comedic actress who starred in the classic sitcom, “Martin” alongside Martin Lawrence, or the laugh out loud silly show, “My Wife and Kids” with Damon Wayans. Tisha most recently joined the new drama, “The Protector”, which airs Sunday nights on Lifetime.

She has a lengthy career resume, but it’s another leading role that steals the spotlight more than any other – her role as mother. She is a mother of two and her oldest son, who is eight years old, has Autism. While we have heard about Autism in various Hollywood platforms, especially with the big pioneering push for awareness by Jenny McCarthy, as she also has a son with Autism. Tisha is part of a documentary project which not only addresses the disorder, but also extends the push for awareness, within the black community.

The documentary, “Colored My Mind”, allows you to “join five mothers as they take you on their unique journey with the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Tammy McCrary, Shannon Nash, LaDonna Hughley, Donna Hunter, and Tisha Campbell-Martin will be [your] guides as [they] explore the overlooked world of Autism, in particular within the black community.”

The trailer is intense and offers insight into what the disorder means, who it touches and how mothers, and fathers, are standing up to it.

(Source: original video source: http://www.coloredmymind.com/#!the-trailer)

Autism defined: Autism is one of a group of serious developmental problems called autism spectrum disorders (ASD) that appear in early childhood — usually before age 3. Though symptoms and severity vary, all autism disorders affect a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others. The number of children diagnosed with autism appears to be rising. It’s not clear whether this is due to better detection and reporting of autism, a real increase in the number of cases, or both. While there is no cure for autism, intensive, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children with the disorder. (Source : Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/autism/DS00348)

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