Inspired by a father and a son, HollyRod Foundation was formed in 1997 by actress, Holly Robinson Peete and her husband former NFL quarterback, Rodney Peete. The HollyRod Foundation is dedicated to providing help and hope to those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease.
In honor of Holly’s father, Matthew T. Robinson Jr., HollyRod partnered with the Center for Parkinson’s Research and Movement Disorders at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California to establish The HollyRod Compassionate Care Program with the mission to improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s. The program provides patient services including physician consultations, physical therapy, counseling services and ambulation aids to those who have little or no healthcare insurance and limited financial resources.
After Holly and Rodney’s eldest son, RJ, was diagnosed with autism, HollyRod’s mission expanded to provide support and resources to families also affected by an autism diagnosis. Like Parkinson’s, autism can decimate families physically, emotionally and most of all financially.
In October 2012, after years of planning and strategizing, HRF awarded its inaugural grant to develop and launch the HollyRod Autism Compassionate Care Center, a unique constellation of autism resources, services, and one-one-one support, all with a family-centered focus at California State University, Northridge.
Current programs of the HollyRod Foundation include the Gift of Voice, RJ’s Place and the My Brother Charlie Family Fun Day.