May 9, 2010

Holly-Rod for Kids | Tale Of Two Tammys

Posted in Philanthropy at 5:03 pm by philanthropynews

The life of the mother of a child with autism is far from ordinary.

Even the simplest of tasks or everyday chores can be a struggle.

For mothers like Tammy Jett and Tammy Prince, mothering an autistic child after raising older children became a whole new world.

“Everything is different,” explained Jett, 38, the mother of 5-year-old Michael, who was diagnosed with autism just two years ago. “Even just going to Walmart. He won’t go in Walmart. The bright lights and the noise and all the people … are just too much for him.”

Simple tasks like grocery shopping, getting haircuts and going on vacation require strategic planning to make certain people are in place to look after Michael, who requires 24/7 care, according to Jett, who lives in Fort Smith.

Jett and her husband of 20 years, Lance, have four children. Nichole, 19, is the oldest and is a huge help. Nine-year-old Lydia and 8-year-old Elizabeth both understand the need for Michael’s care…

Celebrity mothers Jenny McCarthy and Holly Robinson Peete, both of whom have children with autism, have become advocates of the disease, sharing their struggles and triumphs publicly. Peete currently appears on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” where she is raising money for her charity, the HollyRod Foundation, which offers comfort and support to families of autism and other serious diseases.

{Read more via The Times Record}

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