My name is Randy Christensen and I am a pediatrician. Â I work for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and I think I have the best job in the world. Â I get to go out to the community everyday and take care of homeless children and adolescents. Â Like my job, my “office” is a little unusual as well. Â My team and I travel around in a 38-foot mobile medical unit known locally as the Crews’n Healthmobile.
A few years ago I started writing a book about some of the kids we have seen. Â The end result is Ask Me Why I Hurt. Â Throughout the book you get a chance to meet some of the homeless adolescents that came to the Big Blue van for help. Â You get a chance to share in some of their tragedies but more importantly you get a chance to see them succeed. Â Hopefully you can relate to them as fellow human beings and perhaps some of the myths can be wiped away.
We built this website so that you could dig a little deeper into the book and the program. Â Perhaps you want to see some pictures of the staff or some of the sites we go to on a regular basis. Â Maybe you want to leave a question you had or tell a personal story about being homeless or helping someone that was homeless.
In the end I hope that the book can be a call to action. Â It may mean different things to different people. Â Maybe some parents will sit down and spend some time with their kids discussing difficult topics like homelessness and poverty. Â Maybe others might decide to volunteer in a program in their community. Â Some may even want to donate to worthy organizations if they have the means. Â I applaud you for all of these things and I thank you for interest in Ask Me Why I Hurt.
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