At the start of the ride last year, a guest speaker from the Midwest -- the mother of a murder victim -- told of losing her 10-year-old boy. He had been abducted, abused, murdered and eventually mutilated.
"I was stunned to hear her story," Stewart said. "It was very, very hard to shake it off and 'mount up' afterward. [The mother] went by car to each of the schools that we stopped at and just her presence made the entire event even more meaningful. It made me feel like I was really working to help other mothers never have to face that kind of horror again."
In order to participate in the event, riders must raise a minimum of $250. Anyone interested in helping Stewart raise money for the cause can donate cash or checks made out to NCMEC with "Fingerlakes Ride" written in the memo. Send checks to F-M High School, House II, 8701 E. Seneca Turnpike, Manlius, N.Y. 13104. You can also donate money by visiting her web page at active.com/donate/rideformissingchild/Kstewar137.
Email Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Money raised from the event stays in the local community to provide case assistance, and to help spearhead prevention education programs in upstate New York.
To learn more about NCMEC/NY, visit fingerlakesride.org.