Actress Holly Robinson Peete says she wants to create a comprehensive care center for those with autism akin to what St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital offers kids with cancer.
Peete, who has a 14-year-old son with autism and is active in the advocacy community through her work with her own HollyRod Foundation and as an Autism Speaks board member, says there needs to be a place for families to try different therapy models without breaking the bank.
“We’re working really hard to erect a compassionate care center where families can go,” Peete said in an interview with the Detroit Free Press.
“The one I look at as the Holy Grail is St. Jude, where families can go and deal with their children’s cancer without having to worry about paying for it. Where is the St. Jude for autism? That’s in my sights, doing something like that.”
Known for her roles on shows like “21 Jump Street” and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” Peete most recently served as a host on CBS’s “The Talk.”