SHAWNEE, Kan. - For the second year in a row, Jay Atlas is traveling across the country, raising awareness and money to stop human trafficking.
Last year, he walked.
This year, he biked until someone stole his bike in Topeka, Kan.
Atlas traveled all the way from Seattle without a lock and didn't run into trouble.
But it was stolen the day he bought the lock.
"There was some frustration of course, but being into forgiveness if someone needs it, I can't really complain, it's just stuff," Atlas said.
Luckily, on his last trip, Atlas made friends in Shawnee, Kan.
The Bray's were following Atlas' progress online, and when they saw what happened, they jumped in to help.
"So I reached out to him and let him know that I had one that I’d be glad to give him because walking once was enough. It was time to put him back on a bicycle," Roland Bray, who donated the bike, said.
With a new bike, Atlas can continue his cross country journey, eventually ending in Miami.
"The thought moving forward is to keep going and a way will be made for you," Atlas said.
Atlas will be around the metro for the next few days for an anti-human trafficking summit being hosted here in Kansas City.