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News Release

Missing Children Society of Canada's
'Light The Way Home' Campaign

For Immediate Release

March 21, 2005

Missing Children Society of Canada: On May 25, 1979 six-year old Etan Patz kissed his mother goodbye and left to catch his school bus just two blocks from his New York City home. In those few moments it should have taken Etan to walk the remaining block, he disappeared.

He has never been found.

In commemoration of all missing children, the anniversary of Etan's disappearance on May 25 was designated as National Missing Children's Day across America in 1983. Canada followed suit in 1986, declaring May 25 as National Missing Children's Day.

Light the Way Home

The Missing Children Society of Canada marks National Missing Children's Day each year through its "Light the Way Home" awareness campaign, which includes a national door to door campaign and fundraising events (for details see www.mcsc.ca ).

Twenty-six years after Etan's disappearance, we remember him and all missing children by encouraging Canadians to turn on their porch lights the evening of May 25, to help light the way home. For the families of missing children a porch light shining brightly throughout the evening on National Missing Children's Day signifies the hope we all share for the safe return of their children.

In 2004 over 67,000 cases of children under the age of 18 were reported missing in Canada.

The Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to the search for abducted and runaway children. MCSC provides a comprehensive investigative program called Project: Reunite, free of charge, to assist police and searching parents in the active ongoing search for missing children.

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For more information about the Missing Children Society of Canada please visit www.mcsc.ca or contact:

Liz Ballendine
Director of Public Relations
Missing Children Society of Canada
(403) 291-0705
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6160

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