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Cyclists bike over 100 miles in Ride for Missing Children

September 20, 2019 12:48 PM

GUILDERLAND - More than 100 cyclists were biking 100 miles around the Capital Region on Friday. They're doing it to raise money and awareness about missing and exploited children.

Every day about 200 children are missing in New York state. Officials with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said implementing abduction prevention programs has helped reduce that number in recent years.

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"We are teaching kids about safety online, most kids have a very strong online life, and safety in the real world," Executive Director of the New York Region of NCMEC Ed Suk said. "So we're using our KidSmartz programs and our NetSmartz programs in large assembly format and in small classroom settings."

The cyclists stopped at five Capital Region elementary schools along the way to promote child safety. This is the second year Kaaren Caron has taken part.

"Well being a teacher and being involved with kids is just so important to have them be aware of their surroundings and just to keep safe," Caron said.

However, Veronica Frear said it's not just elementary aged kids that need to be vigilant. Her son Craig went missing 15 years ago when he was a teenager.

"Craig, 17, was 180 pounds 6 foot. It wasn't so much of a concern at his age of that happening," Frear said.

Frear has a reminder for parents as well.

"Never put your guard down as parents, always be aware and love them and give them all a hug from all of us here at the ride today. Just hug and love your kids today," she said.

You can find more information about helping the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children here.

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Emily Burkhard

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