Hooray for HollyRod
Love of family often sparks a deeply personal form of philanthropy. Just ask Holly Robinson Peete '86, who-with her husband, NFL quarterback Rodney Peete-founded the HollyRod Foundation in 1997 to honor her father, Matthew T. Robinson, Jr. Robinson was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1982. The HollyRod Foundation is dedicated to providing financial, physical and emotional support for patients living with Parkinson's disease and their families/caregivers.
The HollyRod Foundation is shaped by experiences that only a family dealing with Parkinson's could comprehend. While caring for her father, Holly says, she and Rodney often encountered patients who were alone, could not afford care or did not have access to expensive medications, treatments and services. Rather than funding research in a more traditional way, the couple wanted to alleviate the financial burdens on families who have limited resources and little or no health insurance; they created an organization that cared for a patient's immediate financial, physical and emotional needs.
"In honor of my father, we try to help others," Holly says. "We are closer than ever to finding new, more effective treatments and a cure for Parkinson's. At HollyRod, we aim to be part of this journey, providing support for patients and their loved ones along the way."
Since its 1997 founding, HollyRod has helped patients across the country, and established the HollyRod Compassionate Care program at the Center for Parkinson's Research and Movement Disorders at U.S.C.'s Keck School of Medicine.