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Jenny McCarthy Teams Up with WWE to Raise Money for Autism Research

08/03/2008 at 11:00 AM ET

Jenny_mccarthy_cbbjpgIn a new plan to raise money for families facing the challenges of autism, Jenny McCarthy, along with autism research organization Generation Rescue, have teamed up with pro wrestler John Cena for a special taping of Saturday Night Main Event, in the hope that wrestling fans will make monetary donations to the cause.  John admits that "on paper [WWE's support] does seem awkward," but assures people that the two go "hand-in-hand."  After her son Evan Joseph was diagnosed with autism in 2005, Jenny joined Generation Rescue for advice and support on dealing with the disease through diet control. A proud supporter and member of the foundation, Jenny jokes saying her fellow members "are the toughest parents" who "go out" and "kick ass!"

Click below to read about Jenny’s emotional breakdowns and how she "detoxed the toxins."

While Jenny can lightly joke about the group’s eagerness to find results for their children, she says the fact that parents all over this country "are strapped for help" — both financially and emotionally — "kills her," and with the help of Generation Rescue, she hopes to ease the burden for as many families as possible.  Astonished that the majority of state insurance policies do not cover the long list of expenses that come along with autism, Jenny shares that the organization aids households that make less than 30K a year — which Jenny considers a necessity since "autism can sometimes cost $75,000" in one year."  As she watches parents struggle all around her trying to make ends meet and seek the best medical attention for their children, she realizes that people see her as living "in Hollywood," giving them the false impression that "she has a lot of money." Jenny is the first to admit however, that the time of Evan’s diagnosis also coincided with her divorce from Evan’s father, John Asher — leaving her to be the "sole financial income that was coming in" and ultimately forcing her to have a double mortgage on her home.

Openly discussing the countless trials and tribulations she has been through since the birth of her son, Jenny reveals that watching Evan’s pain "brought me to my knees nightly" leading her to have "emotional breakdowns." Admitting she would sometimes go the route of taking Valium and a long shower, Jenny felt like she needed to "numb out to the world," but says "fortunately it’s not like I did it every night." Calling the pain so extraordinary that at times "it felt like I was going to die," the mom watched as Evan "had cardiac arrest and died right in front of me."

According to Jenny, she "witnessed first hand" side effects from certain vaccines, and developed a "devastating" frustration when she says she "knows what caused" many symptoms of autism yet "having no one believe you."  Over the years, as more research is being done, Jenny says there is a "nation of scared parents" who have put their full trust in the medical community, only to be "hurt like that."

Taking her time to learn about the studies and research done on the subject, Jenny "saw kids recovering" and trusted that she would find help for her son.  With nothing to lose, Jenny says she "undid vaccine damage" by detoxing "the toxins that were in his body" due to the list of vaccines Evan had received as a baby.  The results so far have Jenny incredibly grateful as are many other parents since her son is among "thousands" who have made major developmental improvements.  In Evan’s case, detoxing the toxins proved successful, but Jenny is not naive and knows that "it’s not going to work all the time," however urges parents to "damn right…try it!"

Giving an update on her son, Jenny says her 6-year-old is "in a typical school" and is thriving. Calling him the "most social, loving, unbelievably typical child," Jenny proudly shares that Evan "knows the name of every possible airplane and airline ever!"

Source: ET Online; Photo by Most Wanted/Flynet.

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maya on

I love Jenny Mccarthy and everything she’s doing for autism!

Vanessa on

I just question if she’s implying that Evan’s father is a deadbeat?

Nicole on

I think it’s great what Jenny’s doing and teaming up with WWE which has supported children’s charities so much over the years was a perfect fit.

karen on

I just read Jenny’s book and I suggest everyone here do the same thing. It was a VERY easy read and explains very well what happened in her particular situation.
She was very honest and raw in the book and yes, at first it sounded like she was depicting her ex as a dead beat, but she was just telling it like it was, as things were happening.
To hear things about him here and there, out of context probably doesn’t explain him and the situation the way it truly is.
In the book she did say that he was/is a very important part of Evan’s life. I think the guy just couldn’t handle what was happening and in turn it’s what made them realize their relationship didn’t work.
It really is appalling that for anyone to get the treatment that they really truly need to break out of autism, you need to have lots of cash to do it.
She details in the book where the money goes, and every single penny is well spent and warranted; you can’t really skimp when it comes to treatment.
I think Jenny is amazing and I’m glad she’s becoming a loud voice for autism!!! I say get the word out as many places as possible no matter how odd it seems.
DH and DS actually saw her at a WWE event last week. I was really surprised to hear about it, but really glad at the same time.
Go Jenny! Go Jenny!

Leslie on

It should be duly noted that a large percentage of sporadic autism is due to increasing paternal age past the age of 31. Then it should be noted that pre-existing mitochondrial disorders must be tested for in all newborns. Money is needed to inform the public about paternal age and to get an affordable test for mitochondrial disorders to the market.

michelle on

I commend Jenny for the awareness that she is bringing to a very worthwhile and necessary cause! As an early childhood special educator, I often worry that my “non-celebrity” parents are sometimes filled with hopes that cannot be met due to the extreme financial costs of biomedical treatments, which remain experimental and usually not covered by insurance. Where I commend her for her position and the positive outcome that her son and many others have had, I often wonder-Are her son and so many others accurately diagnosed with autism, if they are so easily “cured”?

MB on

First of all, I really admire Jenny and everything she is doing. She has taken a very difficult situation and turned it into something that can potentially help many people. She has certainly encouraged me to consider what is put into vaccines, and when I choose a pediatrician for my child, I intent to ask about Green vaccines and spreading out the vaccination schedule.

However, I don’t for a minute believe her son had autism. I have a psych background and have done research. I’ve never heard of autism causing seizures (which she has mentioned Evan having as a child and an early symptom that something was wrong) and cardiac arrest. Part of the definition of autism is that it’s a lifelong illness, although various treatments can help make *some* of the symptoms better, depending on the severity of autism. It’s a spectrum disorder and even the least severe form of autism, Aspergers, can’t just disappear completely.

There are illnesses that can mirror autism, such as reactions to vaccines. Jenny herself has mentioned doctors telling her that before. I don’t doubt that a vaccine could have made Evan sick, and that the special diet he is on made him better. I just don’t believe he had autism. Study after study after study has shown no link between autism and vaccines, studies have shown links between vaccines and other illnesses.

So again, I applaud Jenny for what she’s doing and I hope she continues, but I do wish she would stop saying that Evan had autism because I think she is misleading families into believing there is a miracle treatment.

Melissa on

Oh, MB…shame on you. You should continue your education into your “psych background”!! MANY children diagnosed with ASD have seizure disorders. Simply because you are unware of correct information shouldn’t entitle to to spread untrue statements. I also, have done my research on this subject, only with extra special help from my son with autism.
Next time, do not be so confident in posting statements in which you clearly no nothing about!
Thanks!

MB on

I apologize Melissa, and I stand corrected. I have two family members with autism. All I said was that in the studying I have done in the subject I had not heard of that. I did not mean to insinuate there was no way that was true. Again, I apologize!

tink1217 on

Melissa, thanks for pointing that out, my son has ASD, although very mild, and also a seizure disorder as do a few of his classmates also. My son had a “reaction” to his MMR, went into seizures and also cardiac arrest and almost died twice.

Carol on

I work in the “psych” field and have a 12 year old with autism and he did indeed have seizures. Jenny is a great mother to her son and a wonderful advocate for autism research. For the people who will undoubtedly say “I choose to vaccinate my child. They don’t cause autism”, Jenny also advocates vaccinating children. She just would like some kind of testing developed that would show which children would be sensitive and would like vaccines given a little bit later when children have more mature immune systems.

Lauren on

Does Jenny being the sole financial supporter of herself and Evan mean John wasn’t paying any child support? I’m shocked that he could get away with that legally, especially since his child is special needs.
I applaud Jenny for all her work regarding autism. While I am a firm believer in vaccines, I support her advocacy for their to be less vaccines at once and have them spread out over time. I don’t want to begin to imagine the hell she has gone through having to deal with Evan’s problems. Glad he’s doing much better.

Alisha on

Many brain development disorders are diagnosed as “austism”. My very dear friend, Victoria´s has a 6 yr old son who was diagnosed with autisum – they noticed something wasn´t right after his vaccines and had him checked. Later they found out that his actual diagnosis is “heavy metal poisoning”, which triggered the brain disorders/autism. Of course there are other environmental factors that contribute to heavy metal poisoning, but vaccines are a major source, and can often push the human system beyond it´s ability to heal.

Fortunately Victoria has been able to follow a protocol that has helped Cameron heal tremendously.He´s the star example at his special school. One of her tools was Nutrigenomic testing. This will help you determine yours and your child´s genetic profile to determine your potential predispositions and if you or your child would be susceptible to some of today’s major diseases/disorders, including autism (for the child). This is the protocol she is following for Cameron. she had the whole family tested so they can re-direct thier Methylation cycle with supplements and a good diet. (http://www.genespeak.com/The%20Basics.html)
Most parents who have children on the Spectrum are susceptible and are predisposed to certain disorders and diseases.

Today Victoria is working together with experts to reproduce the protocol she follows, which is based mostly on Dr. Amy´s work. (http://www.recovermychild.com/Home.html) She marched right next to Jenny in the “Green Our Vaccines” Rally on Capitol Hill. She´s really amazing and an inspiration to moms like me. I will also wait to vaccinate my daughter (5 mos.) and will have her tested beforehand.

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