HOPE Celebrity Ambassadors
The have fame and HOPE. These caring celebrities are bringing attention to the autism epidemic though their unique story. Each ambassador is passionate about raising awareness for autism and treatment options.
Eighteen year old Alexis Wineman is gorgeous, poised and has a wonderful sense of humor; but she is not your average girl next door. Not only does Alexis deal with the challenges of autism on a daily basis, she is currently the reigning Miss Montana 2012. Alexis aspires to share her story with as many people as she can, “I want to be an example that even if you live with a disability, anything is possible.” She has dedicated her year of service to the State of Montana speaking to others about living with autism through her platform “Normal is Just a Dryer Setting.”
Throughout Alexis’ childhood she struggled with school assignments and endured those who bullied her for being different. She felt excluded at an early age and became defensively introverted to evade her speech impediment and the bullying of others. Despite the struggles she encountered as a young child, Alexis will not let autism place any limitations on her life. As stated in her platform, Alexis says, “I refuse to let my disorder define me as a person.” She further states, "I want people to know that differences are not something to hide or be ashamed of, but rather they should be celebrated and embraced."
Alexis graduated from Cut Bank High School in May 2012 and has been accepted at the University of Montana. Alexis will represent Montana at the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas live on ABC January 12, 2013. If you would like to book Alexis to speak at your school or engagement, please contact Jan at email@example.com or visit our website at www.missmontana.com.
Jenny McCarthy’s honesty, humility and humor have enabled her to transcend the boundaries of her roles as comedian, actress, host, best-selling author and influential activist in the world of healing and preventing autism. When she first made her own experience with her son Evan’s diagnosis and subsequent recovery from autism, her unique ability to articulate the unspoken words of thousands of mothers and fathers across the world was recognized immediately. Jenny is currently the president of Generation Rescue.
A highly-regarded NY Times Best Selling author, McCarthy’s books include the bestsellers Belly Laughs, Baby Laughs, Life Laughs, Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism and Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds. Healing and Preventing Autism, co-written with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, and LOVE, LUST, AND FAKING IT: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies, and True Romance. Her latest title, BAD HABITS: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic, was published in the Fall of 2012.
Playing recurring guest roles on major network television shows, Jenny continues to be a sought-after comedic actress. In 2013, Jenny will bring her over-the-top comedic sensibilities to VH1 with her new talk show, "The Jenny McCarthy Show.”
Jenny McCarthy currently resides in Chicago, IL with her son, Evan.
Jacqueline & Chris Laurita
Jacqueline Laurita, one of the original cast members on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, has been married for more than 11 years to her husband Chris, who is also the brother of another original cast member, Caroline Manzo, As a Mother Warrior and ambassador to the autism nonprofit Generation Rescue, her mission is not only to recover her youngest son, Nicholas but also to help many other families by becoming an active advocate in the autism community. She is a contributing editor for Parenting Magazine and online blogger on their website as well as her own.
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