Our autism efforts had us working tirelessly advocating for families to ensure that they enjoy the same experiences as other families.
For a child on the autism spectrum, a simple outing to a public venue can be very challenging. For a family, this can be stressful complete with piercing stares and judgmental comments.Unfortunately, this is the harsh reality for so many in the autism community that we serve.
So, in 2016 we launched a new signature program, MY BROTHER CHARLIE GOES TO THE AQUARIUM which was tremendously successful. From the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ, over 500 families, many of them low income, were treated to a private VIP experience. The feedback was overwhelming positive - everyone described a fun, safe and loving experience. Aquariums are a place many kids with autism find sensorily soothing. Look for us in Chicago, San Francisco and Boston! We'll keep you posted.
As our original mission, Parkinson’s Disease remains a cornerstone of the HollyRod Foundation. Inspired by Matthew T. Robinson's brave battle with Parkinson's, we continue to utilize national platforms and partner with organizations like AARP to promote compassionate caregiving with a focus on health, hope and awareness. We are partnering with industry professionals to create ways for families in need to receive services.
We are so excited that For Peete’s Sake, the Peete family docu-series, was picked up for a second season which will premiere on February 18, 2017 on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). This season, the Peete family explore the topic of autism and law enforcement with the goal of providing solutions to keep our young people safe in their communities. For Peete's Sake has been very well received as a national platform for autism and as a valuable source of information for families. Please be sure to tune in or set your DVR.
We are officially kicking off 2017 in a super way! We will host MY BROTHER CHARLIE GOES TO THE AQUARIUM at the Downtown Aquarium in Houston where we will be present our third annual Super Kid Honors recognizing athletic achievement in teens/young adults on the spectrum. We will also be activating yet another RJ's Place grant of assistive technology and pre-vocational support to a local Houston autism center.
When we added autism to our mission, 1 in 250 children were diagnosed with autism. Today that number is 1 in 68 and the number keeps climbing. With this dramatic increase, we know that there is much work to be done to support our families and we cannot do it alone. Any success that we have experienced over the last 18 years is the direct result of the generosity of incredible supporters like you.
'Tis the season of giving!
We hope that as you think of worthy causes to support that the HollyRod Foundation will be included. You can make a direct donation by clicking here. You can also support us by us by selecting the HollyRod Foundation as your charity of choice and shopping AmazonSmile at www.amazonsmile.com.
There is no gift that is too small or too large. We thank you in advance for all of the lives that you will touch.