biography

My name is Larry Heyn, and from April 7- June 13, 2018 I bicycled across the country (3,100 miles) to raise awareness of child abuse and invited those I met to take personal responsibility to eliminate it. I am self-financed. I did not ask for donations for myself or any specific organization.

I’ve had a desire to bike across the United States for many years but it didn’t become a priority for me until I had a reason. That reason, to raise awareness of child abuse in all its ugly forms and to invite people to take action to stop it, came while watching a talk given by Dallin H. Oaks, a former Utah Supreme Court Justice, called “Protect the Children.”

My trip was a supported ride with my wife driving my “sag wagon.” I rode every day except Sundays and did not lose any days to inclement weather. I posted my ride on Facebook.

In future years I hope to make several more rides across states, along trails, and perhaps as part of events to continue raising awareness and action for this epidemic called child abuse.

I am 67 years old, a retired medical device engineer. My wife and I have been married for 32 years and have three children and five grandchildren. Since retiring six years ago I have volunteered as a missionary for my church in Palmyra, NY and Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

Besides biking, I like to do woodworking, genealogy, and play with my grandchildren.


None should resist the plea that we unite to increase our concern for the welfare and future of our children—the rising generation.
— Dallin H. Oaks, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles