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Heather Collins speaks at Ride for Missing Children in New York

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Heather Collins speaks at the Ride for Missing Children in New York Heather Collins speaks at the Ride for Missing Children in New York
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Today, approximately 500 bicyclists in New York are taking part in the annual Ride for Missing Children. It is the biggest annual fundraiser in the country for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The ride takes cyclists through nearly 100 miles, stopping at 17 schools.  Parents of missing and exploited children from all over the country speak at the opening ceremony -- including Heather Collins from Evansdale, Iowa.

She told the riders about how her 8-year-old daughter Elizabeth and 10-year-old niece Lyric both went missing in July 2012.

"Throughout the whole entire time the National Center was there, putting out flyers. I asked them to put out flyers like in West Virginia, just because I had a dream. They were so helpful, they went beyond and above. And we are so grateful for you guys to do this ride in memory of our daughter and niece and the other children that are out there."

The money raised from the ride is used for missing children posters, and community education for the prevention of child abduction and sexual exploitation.

WKTV contributed to this story.

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