One woman’s journey for trafficking survivors.
This is a story of one woman’s 9k solo motorcycle journey around the United States. She is raising funds and awareness for survivors of sex trafficking. Met Lauren Trantham a young woman from Southern Oregon. Lauren is also a professional photographer in the Rogue Valley who rides a Ducati motorcycle. She has been riding motorcycles for eleven years. Her desire to help woman who face challenges consequently drove her to reach out to Rebecca Bender. Rebecca, herself, is a survivor of sex trafficking. You can learn more about Rebecca and her cause at rebeccabender.org.
Through conversations with Rebecca and with her vision in mind, Lauren decided to use her skills and talents to bring attention and money to the Rebecca Bender Initiative. The Rebecca Bender Initiative is an online mentoring program. It also reaches out to woman all over the country who have been or are trapped in the world of sex trafficking.
On September 2, 2016 in Ashland, Oregon Lauren is having her launch party to start the 2 month adventure. As Lauren travels the 9k trip on her motorcycle she plans on stopping in over 20 cities to photograph survivors. She will also be attending 3-5 major events along the route. Here are few to check out:
- September 3, 2016– MotoCorsa 2170 NW Wilson St Portland, OR. Event runs from 4pm to 7pm. There you will get to meet Lauren and Rebecca Bender.
- September 10, 2016– Maple Island Brewing Stillwater, MN with music by Chris Snyder.
- September 24, 2016- Brooklyn, NY
- October 1, 2016- Saint Augustine, FL
- October 8, 2016- Memphis, TN
Since Southern Oregon is the home for Crampbuster, we wanted to help Lauren as she ride this 9k journey. So Lauren was supplied Crampbuster’s to help her ease the wrist pain that would happen by having to hold the throttle steady for long periods of time.
We at Crampbuster admire this young woman for her riding ability and desire to help her fellow humans! It is really wonderful when someone can do what they love for such a wonderful cause. Please be sure to check out her website ridemyroad.org as she progresses on her journey!