This is my OK200 story. I have rode or run the Okoboji 200 every year since the beginning. The first year, it was just 4 of us cyclists riding 200 miles as physical feat and sense of accomplishment. The next year, I rode with a few more people to raise money for a cause that to be honest, at the time, seemend a little foreign to me. As I learned more about the horrors of human trafficking and read the statistics, I became a little more dedicated to try to raise more money.
However, It become real last fall. My family and I were able to personally meet three of these women from Nepal who have been rescued from sex trafficking. We heard their stories, from the horrors of torture of sex trafficking to the joys of being rescued to the successes going on to be leaders in their communities. It is now real to me. I cannot imagine a greater injustice that someone being forced into sexual slavery. To me, this is no longer just "someone." This is the faces and stories of the women I met, the women whose lives have now been saved and restored.
This summer, I am again running 200 miles with my team, but I do not ask you donate because I am running. I ask you to donate to create more stories of renewal and restoration. It is not an exaggeration to say that your generous donations are truly saving lives. I am humbled and grateful for support. Please help us "Stop the Traffic"