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What a Ride Part 5

7 First Source employees and 2 family members are getting serious about their commitment to ride over 90 miles on May 21st as a part of The Ride For Missing Children. This is what First Source employee Kristy Nole had to say about her commitment:

What does this 100 mile Ride mean to you
When we began meeting with Frank Williams and the committee regarding our First Source sponsorship of the Ride, I was so impressed and moved to hear of the work done through this local organization on behalf of children, families and communities nationwide. Now having attended the rider meetings and training rides, I can’t believe I have missed out all of these years! To think that I, in some small way/shape/form, can help contribute to reuniting a missing child with their family or help keep our kids safe through education is such a privilege. As a parent, I know firsthand that there is no greater cause than that of protecting our children from harm. You look at the faces of the riders and they range from parents and siblings of missing children such as Ed Smart to the everyday Joe such as myself that is simply touched by the stories told. And you never know who you are in the company of. There is a unique camaraderie that exists among the riders, made up of words unspoken and experiences not likely shared. I can’t explain it but it is truly powerful. There is a quote by Margaret Mead that we often use in our community outreach and that is “Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” The Mohawk Valley may represent a small pool of the Population but I am always astounded at the outpouring of goodwill that we are responsible for. I am proud to be a part of it.

As a first time rider, what words describe how you are feeling about the big day?
Anxiety, Excitement, Fear, Honored, Inspired, Hopeful (I wear a band of HOPE on my wrist every day and I don’t think there is any better word to describe what this ride is about)

How are you doing on the training rides?
Though I must admit I did skip out this past weekend, I have completed 3 formal training rides to date. The most I’ve ridden is 30 miles. I feel quite confident in my abilities but am often brought back down to size once I realize there are still more than 60 miles left to go.

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