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.