Blue Ribbon Run and Walk held to bring awareness to child abuse

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Runners got moving for a good cause at the fifth annual Blue Ribbon Run and Walk to end child abuse.

They painted the town of Amsterdam blue in an event to end child abuse.

“It’s just a great cause. A great day for everyone to get together out in the community,” said runner, Kayla Miller.

Many in the community came out on Saturday morning for a day of exercise and family fun to support victims of child abuse.

“We had so many people approach us after the first walk about the need for advocacy and help because a lot of times parents don’t intentionally neglect their children they just don’t have the basic necessities food diapers and wipes and that can actually cause a CPS referral,” said Melissa Ossenfort-Levoy, Executive Director of the Children’s Foundation

When Ossenfort-Levoy started the Children’s Foundation, it was not just to assist the many children in the community who she serves today- it was inspired by one special little girl.

“I started the foundation because I took in a 10-month-old child her name is Kaitlyn. She was pulled away from her parents for severe neglect. She suffered severe weight loss, mal nutrition; she had scurvy on the top of her head from not being bathed and lost a lot of hair on the top of her head,” Ossenfort-Levoy said.

Now, Kaitlyn is flourishing under Melissa’s care, a bubbly second grader who knows her story.

The family shares their message of hope by helping other children through the foundation.

“We first do a walk-through or a referral from local school or other agency and we do an intake with the clients that come in and then we base that on what needs they have whether it’s diapers wipes formula or sometimes just winter gear,” Ossenfort-Levoy said.
 

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