Holly Robinson Peete personally knows the quiet struggle of families with an autistic child or relative, so she and husband Rodney put on a festival just for them.
"Today is the My Brother Charlie Family Fun Festival and it's an opportunity for families to come out and just have a good time," said Holly, whose organization, the HollyRod Foundation
, focuses on providing help to those living with autism and Parkinson's disease. Holly has seen both disorders close-up, as her father was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1982 and her eldest son, RJ,
diagnosed with autism as a boy.
"So many times families with autism, in their world, cannot go to restaurants, cannot go on vacations, can't go to several amusement parks, so this is a day where families affected by autism bring everyone," Holly continued. "They come and have a great time - no judgment, just fun."
The event was held at Culver Studios in Culver City, California and featured performances by the McClain Sisters as well as appearances from Brooke Burke-Charvet, Alison Sweeney, Laila Ali, Lisa Rinna, Leah Remini, Blair Underwood, Barry Bonds and more.
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