The packed ballroom at the Vancouver Hilton Hotel was silent as David Pelzer recounted the years of physical and emotional abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother. He thought the pain would never end.
Then one spring day, when he was 12, a tall figure dressed in a police uniform cast a shadow over his home’s front door. The officer whisked Pelzer away. They drove with the siren blaring straight to a foster home and family. Pelzer was fed, taught to speak and felt loved.
Pelzer ultimately became a distinguished veteran of the U.S. Air Force and renowned author, accomplishments he credited to his foster family. His story motivated the KMR Group Foundation to be the presenting sponsor for the fundraising luncheon that benefited the Child Abuse Assessment Team.
Legacy’s specialty unit provides non-acute pediatric evaluations of child abuse for child protection agencies and law enforcement in Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania and Klickitat counties.
Pelzer, author of “A Child Called ‘It,’” said his story has a redeeming ending because of Legacy and similar agencies.