By Kim Stagliano
It's my great pleasure to honor Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey as our Age of Autism 2008 Couple of the Year.
Jenny was smart enough to disbelieve the doctors who told her that Evan's lot in life was cast when he was diagnosed with autism. She roared into action, saying what so many of us have said over the years, "F you, I'm taking care of my son. Get out of my way." (I figure in a post about Jenny I can kind of drop the F bomb.) Then she got busy recovering him. But she didn't stop there. She started a crusade to educate parents, doctors, teachers everywhere that autism is treatable. That kids are making great progress and even recovering.
Somehow she found the time to write two amazing, best selling books to empower other parents; Louder Than Words and Mother Warriors, produce a line of DVD's called Teach2Talk, speak at several autism events and appear on national television and in the press.
Meanwhile, Jim Carrey was busy starring in Horton Hears a Who and his new movie Yes Man. (Have you seen it yet? Go already. You deserve a break.)
Then there was the GREEN OUR VACCINES RALLY in Washington, DC last June. Coordinated and organized to perfection by our dedicated sponsor TACA, the rally energized our community, gave us hope, empowered us with two internationally known voices (well, in Jim's case, there are a lot more voices!) and showed the world that we are not willing to back down from asking the hard questions about vaccine safety and its relation to our children's autism. Who can forget Jim's words, "Do they think we're stupid?"
We needed a face and a loud voice to represent our fight for our children. Boy, did we hit the jackpot with Jenny and Jim. Plus we got to know sweet Evan, with his mischievous smile. Jenny and Jim continue their work by supporting TACA and representing Generation Rescue. Please consider making a donation to either organization (both, if Santa was good to you) to help people with autism.
Thank you, Jenny and Jim.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Thanks to Christine Heeren of Lighthouse Studios for the video.