Even I have to admit that every once in a while People Magazine manages to get it right. In the May 2011 issue, they named Dr. Randy Christensen a Local Hero Among Us. We are fortunate at the Velma Teague Library because he not only hangs out here under the call number 362.7, but for a brief wonderful time he came to visit the 58th Avenue Book Group.
The medical director of the Crews’n Healthmobile and co-author of Ask Me Why I Hurt: The Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them, is better known as Doctor C. to the thousands of homeless kids he has treated for the past 12 years. These are kids who find it safer to be on the dangerous streets in Maricopa County than face the type of abuse that they have known in their own homes.
Dr. Christensen found Mary one day in a storm drain in Moeur Park, and Donald after he had been put on a bus by his parent in Texas. Both of these kids have gone on to mainstream into successful careers and family life after someone from the RV reached out to help.
Unfortunately, due to a lack of state-funded psychiatric resources for these kids, not all outcomes are as successful. But it isn’t because the team doesn’t try. This year alone they expect to see about 6,500 youth.
We can only be grateful that the Dr. C. and his team care for these kids, and that he found the time to stop by the library. We will just have to content ourselves with our copy of Ask Me Why I Hurt, call number 362.7. It is here, awaiting your discovery.
For ways you can help the Crews’n Healthmobile, visit their website at http://www.phoenixchildrens.
Stephanie C. Rumsey
Ask Me Why I Hurt: The Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them by Randy Christensen. Crown. 2011. ISBN 9780307718990.