Best-selling local author Nancy Troast Waldeck alongside Scriptor Publishing Group presented a $250 donation to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children – New York / Mohawk Valley (NCMEC-NY/MV) on Monday, November 19th. The donation represents proceeds from the Amazon bestselling book Rise Above: 8 Stories of Life Transformation, a collaborative book of stories about overcoming obstacles and transforming your life. Nancy was one of eight authors to publish a story in the book.

Nancy was the 6th grade teacher to Sara Anne Wood who disappeared 25 years ago. The disappearance and search efforts ultimately led to the creation of the NCMEC-NY/MV office. The other seven authors featured in the book are from all over the country, but together they voted to donate the proceeds to NCMEC-NY/MV.

Kelli O’Brien Watson, owner of Scriptor Publishing Group, also has a connection to the cause.  Kelli volunteered for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for 15 years as School Coordinator for the Ride for Missing Children and as President of the Advisory Board.

The donation will support the main purpose of the Utica office as the only geographically targeted poster distribution center in the United States. Posters are sent to saturate locations carefully chosen where children and abductors might be found. Approximately 10,000 to 17,000 posters are sent out for 7 to 12 missing children in one week’s time from the office to contribute to the mission, “Making Our Children Safer… One Child At A Time.”

Find Rise Above: 8 Portraits of Life Transformation on To learn more about the book visit