Holly Robinson Peete
Holly's charity is the HollyRod Foundation
After watching her father struggle with Parkinson's disease, Holly focused her attention on forming the HollyRod Foundation with her husband, Rodney. The HollyRod foundation sets out to support families who may not have the means to treat a loved one with a serious medical condition. When their eldest son, RJ, was diagnosed with autism, Holly and Rodney expanded their foundation and started to focus on autism. Autism affects one in 91 children and treatment can put an enormous emotional and financial strain on the family. The HollyRod Foundation paves its road through the simple act of providing comfort along the way with medical, physical, and emotional support to achieve a better quality of life for individuals and their families.
Bestselling author, actress, and national autism spokesperson Holly Robinson Peete has paired with her daughter Ryan to co-author this uplifting book based on their own personal experiences with Holly's son and Ryan's brother RJ, who has autism. Holly and Ryan will donate a percentage of the proceeds of "My Brother Charlie" to the HollyRod4Kids Foundation, to help children with autism gain access to affordable treatments and therapies. For information about HollyRod4Kids visit www.hollyrod.org.
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NBC.com spoke exclusively to Holly about the book and her experience on The Celebrity Apprentice.
How was collaborating with your daughter on the book? Did you both come up with the story together?
What a complete joy it was to work alongside my 12-year-old daughter Ryan on "My Brother Charlie"! She is a beautiful advocate for her twin brother and for all children with autism. She came home one day a few years ago and said it bothered her that kids at school weren't connecting with RJ. She convinced Rodney and me to come to school and have a little Autism 101 with the kids. It was a home run and helped RJ make friends - a really hard thing for kids like him. This experience inspired us to write "My Brother Charlie," and Ryan feels strongly that if young, school-aged children understood autism better, they'd be less afraid of it, and more inclined to include children with autism.
Ryan also wanted to highlight what siblings of children with autism experience in this journey as well. We've traveled the country and the response has been lovely and rewarding. I'm a proud momma!