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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

The subject of missing children is certainly no laughing matter, but one Texas group is counting on your sense of humor, so they can continue to provide resources to families and law enforcement.

Every year, Texas Center for the Missing reunites hundreds of missing children with their loved ones but in order to keep doing this, the non-profit needs your support.

"It was the worst experience of my life, the absolute worst experience of my life," Suzy Granger said.

Suzy Granger never thought it would happen to her family.  She never thought she would become a statistic.

"The morning of Jan. 24, 2006, we woke up Monday morning, went to wake our kids up for school and our daughter wasn't in her bed," Suzy said.

She immediately reported her 15-year-old missing and checked her MySpace page.  She saw her daughter was talking to a 26-year-old predator posing as a high schooler.

"They had carved Xs in her skin across her pelvis with a razor," Suzy said.

Her daughter was found and the suspect is now behind bars, but the 14 hours she was missing was hell for Suzy.

"A lot of info was coming to me and bouncing right off," Suzy said.  "I couldn't absorb and if it hadn't been for our CEO Beth Alberts with Texas Center for the Missing, I wouldn't have been able to get through that day or that year."

"Our hope is to give hope and healing to the missing and their families through prevention education programs and community outreach and immediate response to missing persons," Beth Alberts said.

Alberts said around 500,000 children in the US are reported missing every year.  In our 14-county region alone, over 10,000 children were reported missing in 2011.

"Because we have a really fluid population, mobile population, it's easy for people to get lost and/or stay missing in our area and the worst part, there are a lot of places to dump bodies," Alberts said.

Children can go missing for a variety of reasons: runaways, custodial interference, non-family abductions and stranger abductions.

Regardless of the reason, the Texas Center for the Missing is a resource for families and law enforcement and they are 100 percent funded by individuals and private donations.  In order to continue their good work, they're inviting the community to a comedy night fundraiser next week.

"I know it's funny to have a comedy event on such a serious subject but if you look at it from our perspective, we have so many happy endings, so many more happy endings than sad endings that we need to celebrate that," Alberts said.

Happy endings like Suzy Granger's happy ending.  

"They got my baby back, so I can never thank them enough and I believe in paying it forward," Suzy said.

The comedy night fundraiser will be held on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Improv Comedy Club off the Katy Freeway.

For ticket info or ways to donate/volunteer, click here:

https://champ4children.ticketbud.com/2012c4c

http://www.tcftm.org/

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