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Syracuse Ride for Missing Children raises $50K

Organizer dubs first annual run a success

Bicyclists push themselves as they ride uphill through the village of Baldwinsville. The riders were participating in last Friday’s Syracuse Ride for Missing Children.

Bicyclists push themselves as they ride uphill through the village of Baldwinsville. The riders were participating in last Friday’s Syracuse Ride for Missing Children. Photo by Erin Wisneski.

— The Syracuse Ride for Missing Children raised more than $50,000 as of Sept. 28 with more donations expected. According to Arnold, this is twice the amount raised by the previous ride.

“We saw a lot of kids, who also got prevention education training, so it was a very successful day,” he added.

The ride raises funds to support prevention education programs and to remember all missing children. More than 2,000 children are reported missing in the United States each day, some in our own community. For most families, this is only a brief scare as the child turns up in a few minutes or hours. But for some, the nightmare of a missing child becomes a grim reality. NCMEC's mission is to help recover missing children, protect all children from sexual exploitation and assist in the prevention of these crimes. In 2010, NCMEC/NY assisted in the recovery 1,682 children through poster distribution and case assistance among other efforts. For more information, visit rideformissingchildren.org/syracuse.

Erin Wisneski is the editor of the Baldwinsville Messenger. Contact her at editor@baldwinsvillemessenger.com.

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