Over the weekend, Jenny McCarthy was singled out for raising autism awareness. The dating-show host turned author wrote Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism about her experience with son, Evan.

Jenny received the Trailblazer Award at 2008 Gridiron Glamour, a celebrity fashion show, benefit, and auction that raised money for autism research. The event was hosted by Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete, whose son, Rodney, Jr., was also diagnosed with autism.

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According to Access Hollywood, Robinson Peete said:

“Someone called us the ‘Thelma & Louise’ of autism,” Holly joked of her work with Jenny. “From the moment she called me and we talked about her son, we made a game plan and said no one else is talking about this. We know there are celebrities in Hollywood who have autistic children, so we felt it was important to talk about it.”