By Lisa Ackerman
Horton Hears An "Ow?"
Late last week a story hit the wire about "Free movie and immunizations: Horton hears an "ow!" (HERE.) What’s this? A new vaccination strategy you say?
The article referenced free vaccinations at a theater in New Mexico featuring the movie “Horton Hears A Who.” In case you have been in a cave under a rock for the last month, Horton’s voice is none other than the amazing Jim Carrey. And if that rock still has you covered, Jim happens to be Jenny McCarthy’s boyfriend. Jenny is outspoken on vaccines & vaccination safety. A theme that runs throughout her book “Louder Than Words” featuring the story of her recovered son, Evan.
Once word from the autism community (Who-ville in this case) got to the Carrey & McCarthy super team about this story of a New Mexico vaccination plot things got a brewing. After his morning coffee, Jim made a few calls this morning on behalf of the autism community.
Following a long discussion with his representatives at Fox Entertainment – Who-ville – once again through Horton - was heard. The New Mexico test market of drive thru vaccines while at the movies with your children was stopped. Halted by Horton himself because he heard “we are here, we are here, we are here!” once again.
Thank you Jim & Jenny. You continue to be amazing heroes for the autism community. (And thanks to Kevin Barry of Generation Rescue for the heads up.)
Lisa Ackerman is a proud parent of Jeff, a child with autism. She founded the parent support group Talk About Curing Autism in November 2000 with a dozen families in the living room of her Southern California home. The group has now grown to over 8,000 families. TACA is dedicated to community building support and disseminating information about treatments most beneficial including; dietary interventions, biological treatments, and behavioral based therapies.