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


Sharon Osbourne: The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program

According to the American Cancer Society, “Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the US, with about 141,210 new cases and 49,380 deaths expected in 2011. About 72% of cases arise in the colon and about 28% in the rectum.”

Daytime talk show host (“The Talk”) and primetime talent competition judge (“America’s Got Talent”) Sharon Osbourne was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002. While the cancer reportedly spread, Sharon triumphantly won the battle. She subsequently founded The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program, in affiliation with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The mission of the program, according to her official website (http://www.sharonosbourne.com), is “to improve the lives of patients and their loved ones by providing at-home help childcare, transportation, access to support groups and patient care services offered within Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The program also under writes colon cancer education for healthcare providers. The long-term goal of the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program is to establish an ever-widening array of screening and educational opportunities.”

(Source: http://www.sharonosbourne.com/support.html)

Screening and prevention are two of the many key elements of the program, and to find out more details, you can visit Mrs. O’s website, cited above, as well as the American Cancer Society’s website at: http://www.cancer.org.