I am riding in the Courage Classic to support the Kempe Center for Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, and for all of the many special programs, services and resources Children's Hospital of Colorado provides.
I am particularly excited to support the incoming Director of the Kempe Center, Dr. Kathi Wells. Dr. Wells has said "“In my experience, child abuse and neglect can’t be solved by one person or profession... In this role, I hope to build on the tremendous reputation and history of the Kempe Center as a leader in preventing and treating child abuse and neglect. We hope to build and strengthen the community partnerships we have with the State of Colorado and counties around the state. In doing so, I hope Colorado will be a model for the rest of the country.”
For nearly 50 years, the Kempe Center has strived to improve the care and well being of all children by strengthening families, communities and the systems that serve them. Through clinical service, research, education and training, the Center supports innovation in systems and communities that work with vulnerable children, youth and families.
I also ride as a Neonatologist in Colorado Springs, excited to support the team and the new Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs. I ride with my husband, Dr. Ron Townsend, and Team Kempe for Kids!