KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Die-hard bikers and weekend warriors came together on Sunday to ride for a common cause -- to help ensure all babies are born healthy.
Thousands of motorcycles convened at Kansas Speedway for the 18th Annual Kansas City Bikers for Babies , the largest and most successful March of Dimes ride in the nation.
The 2012 Bikers for Babies ambassador family is Jennifer and Tucker Orton. Tucker was born 15 weeks early and weighed just one pound, three ounces.
Thanks to medical advancements made from research funded by the March of Dimes, Tucker is now a happy and healthy 7-year-old boy.
"I can't believe all the people. It's great being out here and supporting March of Dimes," Jennifer said.
Funds raised by Bikers for Babies support local grants focused on issues related to premature birth and community programs such as NICU Family Support at Saint Luke's Hospital, Children's Mercy Hospital and Stormont HealthCare in Topeka, Kan.
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