Dads biking cross-country to stop crimes against children

The most devastating thing a parent can face is having their child be a victim of a terrible crime. Sadly, Ed Smart, Ahmad Rivazfar and far too many other parents have faced just that. Smart's daughter, Elizabeth, was abducted from her own bedroom when she was just 14. She was held captive for nine months and raped repeatedly by her abductor. Rivazfar's two daughters, 6 and 8, were abducted, raped and had their throats slit. Only one survived.

Smart and Rivazfar made a commitment to prevent the same heinous crimes from happening to other children. As members of the Surviving Parents Coalition, they fight for legislation that promotes public awareness of child safety and improved policing of predatory crimes.

And this summer, they're taking their message to the streets, literally. Smart and Rivazfar, along with other members of the Surviving Parents Coalition, are biking cross-country to raise awareness for stricter penalties for child sex offenders and other crimes against children. The Ride for Their Lives, which kicked off August 21 in New York will continue until September 22 when riders reach Los Angeles, California. Bikers hope to raise $1 million to lobby Congress to pass legislation to prevent predatory crimes, including: 1) The Adam Walsh Act; 2) The collection of DNA on felony arrests; 3) the Protect Act of 2008.

The trip includes stops in cities along the way, where supporters can join in for portions of the trip. For those not inclined to ride but want to help out, Ride for Their Lives is looking for volunteers. You can watch all the action online as Ed Smart is wearing a GPS tracking device that will be showing his location in real-time.

Stop Child Predators is proud to assist the Surviving Parents Coalition in securing law enforcement, including speakers from the U.S. Marshals Service, at key stops along the ride.