By Adam Zientarski
Actress, singer, entrepreneur, philanthropist. Add TPE Mother of the Year 2013 to the list of Holly Robinson Peete’s accomplishments.
Peete started the HollyRod Foundation with her husband Rodney Peete to improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s disease or Autism. The foundation was created in honor of Peete’s father who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at a relatively young age. HollyRod later expanded to help children living with Autism when Peete’s oldest son, RJ, was diagnosed.
But Peete does not stop at starting a foundation. In 2010, Peete coauthored a children’s story about Autism acceptance with her young daughter, Ryan Peete. “There was no major children’s book advocating autism acceptance in my kids’ school library or classrooms . . . it was time to change that,” confessed Peete. Many people do not fully understand what Autism is and how to help those suffering from it. According to the Autism Society, the number of children with Autism grows 10% to 17% per year, making Autism awareness even more important.
“Children with autism are beautifully unique, lovable, and valuable to society. It was important to us to help parent’s present autism in an unscary light.”
In addition to being a full-time mom, Peete is also well known for her acting role in the television series 21 Jump Street (1987-1991) and cohosting The Talk on CBS. She is also married to former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete.
You can learn more about Holly Robinson Peete and the HollyRod Foundation at www.hollyrod.org.
TPE Mother of the Year 2013