History

About our Founder and CEO

Throughout Dr. Ann’s professional career as a physical therapist specializing in pediatric care, she has seen a lot of the challenges that children with physical disabilities and their families face, while trying to improve their quality of life. Dr. Ann has personally witnessed young people making sacrifices beyond their years. She has seen students work overtime to assist siblings with disabilities, abused children struggle to normalize their day to day lives, and children who have witnessed violence strive to overcome traumas. These are the children who can use good Actions on their behalf. The persistence shown by young people in these situations motivated Dr. Ann to found The Leading by Legacy Foundation, and to continue to promote its scholarships.  

Statistics

According to firststar.org, childhood abuse statistics show the
number of reported abuse and neglect cases confirmed in 2012 as:

In 2012, 6.3 million children were referred to Child Protective Services (CPS).iv  
In 2012, 3.8 million children were investigated for maltreatment by CPS.v
In 2012, 678,810 children were determined to be victims of abuse or neglect.vi
The statistics of family caregivers of disabled people derived from caregiver.org project:

The value of unpaid family caregivers will likely continue to be the largest source of long-term care services in the U.S., and the aging population 65+ will more than double between the years 2000 and 2030, increasing to 71.5 million from 35.1 million in 2000. [Coughlin, J., (2010). Estimating the Impact of Caregiving and Employment on Well-Being: Outcomes & Insights in Health Management, Vol. 2; Issue 1] - Updated: November 2012

While caregivers are found across the age span, the average age of caregiver is 48.0 years; about 51% of caregivers are between the ages of 18 and 49. [The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP (2009), Caregiving in the U.S., Bethesda, MD: National Alliance for Caregiving. Washington, DC.] - Updated: November 2012