Updated 09/28/2012 03:38 PM
Ride for Missing Children raises money and awareness
Dozens of cyclists traveled 100 miles Friday to raise awareness for missing children. The 5th annual Ride for Missing Children made several stops around the Capital Region. Our Erin Connolly has the story.
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These are the faces of some of the missing from our area and these are the faces of some of their family members still looking for answers.
"My son walked down a pathway to the best of our knowledge, and we have not seen him since," said Veronica Frear, Craig Frear's mother.
Georgiana Berry, Suzanne Lyall's aunt, said, "Suzanne Lyall is my niece, and she's been missing since March 2nd, 1998."
Lyall was last seen on the campus of UAlbany, so it was fitting for people to gather there Friday to kick off the fifth annual Ride for Missing Children.
Chairwoman Stacy Herron Wozniak said, "Events like this are very key for family members because sometimes this is all they have."
Herron Wozniak started the ride a few years after her sister-in-law Audrey May Herron disappeared. The 100-mile ride takes cyclists and volunteers to four local elementary schools to teach kids about safety and abduction prevention.
Despite the rain, 35 riders and plenty more volunteers came out to honor the memory of all missing children.
Herron Wozniak said, "We have a philosophy is that kids just don't go missing on beautiful, sunny days; they go missing in all kinds of weather, and we ride in all kinds of weather for the children."
The mission is to make children safer one child at a time, all while giving hope to those still waiting for a loved one to return home.
Frear said, "It's not as if the pain goes away or lessens, but you learn to cope with it which is the best thing I can say."
The ride is also an annual fundraising event, designed to support the recovery efforts of missing children. So far, $13,000 has been raised.