UTICA, NY - It's hard to believe, with another Nor' Easter possibly heading our way, that the Ride for Missing & Exploited Children is only a few months away.
At their monthly meeting Monday, riders and volunteers gathered to hear the story of Scott Berne, a parental abduction survivor.
Berne was abducted by his mother when he was 10 years old, along with his 6 year old brother.
His mother told him and his brother that their father was dead and they had to leave the country.
They were not allowed to have friends or go to school.
His mother even changed their names to Frank and Joe, after the Hardy Boys which was a popular TV series at the time.
He and his brother were eventually recovered and now Scott’s goal is to tell his story and spread awareness and educate people on how to keep children safe.
"You live with a lot of scars." Says Berne.
"There was a lot of surviving to do. It's a story of survival. I believe there's a purpose behind every experience, good or bad. My purpose is to take my experiences and work with this organization, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and make a difference in the lives of children today."
The one-day bike ride throughout the Mohawk valley is set to take place on Friday June 1st.
It is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Mohawk Valley branch of The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.