Ride for Missing Children: Riding for a Reason

By Ana Rivera | arivera@wutr.tv

Published 05/16 2014 07:23PM

Updated 05/16 2014 07:25PM

Though hundreds of people participate in the ride each year, every individual has their own story and their own reason for wanting to take part.

Hundreds of people participate in the Mohawk Valley Ride for Missing Children.  But for Kathy Reese she decided to start riding because of her own story.  In college, Reese was picked up by a stranger.  She says she believes the only thing that saved her life was the grace of God.  Years later, after becoming a teacher, her and her twin sister heard about the ride for missing children.

"We just thought, wow, maybe this is one way we can make people at least in our own school system aware of the number of missing children and how many go missing each day," Reese says.

And ever since their first ride, they've been hooked

"So soon after doing the first ride, once you do one ride, you'll never stop doing a ride," Reese says.

But over the years, the sisters say there have been a few changes.

"There were about 200 riders, that's it.  So just the numbers going from 200 to 500 riders.  Watching the ride and seeing the state troopers and the shepherds making the day safe for us.  It's incredible," says Chris Mihm.

But no matter how big the race gets...one thing always remains the same.

"I always get excited.  It doesn't matter if it's your first or you fifteenth; it's just an exciting day," Mihm says.

The sisters told Eyewitness News that they will ride every single year until their legs fall off or until every missing child is safely found.

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