Julieann Maciag, one of our Financial Services Representatives, shares with us what the Ride For Missing Children means to her , as well as the emotions that she feels as she has trained for this 100 mile event.
The ride means a few things to me… One, a way to start healing after my father’s passing in January. Secondly, being a Mom, it would devastate me if something happened to MY son. I can only imagine what these parents and abducted children are going through. And lastly, I never forgot when Sara Ann Wood was taken. I was devastated for her and her family. I remember buying a button with her face on it. I wore that button every day for the longest time. A couple weeks ago I found it while cleaning out my storage unit. Of all the years to rediscover it, I find it THIS year, the year I am a first time rider. Since then, it’s been with me each time I get on my bike and will wear it the day of the ride in her honor. So this year, I ride for Sara, My Son, and my Dad.
The words that describes my feelings about the big day, Anxious, Impressed, & Emotional. I’m anxious about making the whole way. I am really impressed by the experience, and camaraderie of the other riders, and the precision the Shepard’s work in effort to help you train. And I am emotional as I remember each time I get on my bike, the real reason we are all doing this. For the abducted children and their parents.