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.”
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