KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Thousands of bikers raised thousands of dollars at the annual Bikers for Babies ride that kicked off from the Kansas Speedway Sunday.
Over 4,400 riders helped to raise over $620,000 for the annual fundraiser.
The event, in its 19th year, has raised over $6 million since it started in 1995. Last year's tally was $675,000.
According to the event's website, the mission of the fundraiser is to "ensure all babies get a healthy start." The ride benefits the March of Dimes.
The Miller family has been a part of the ride for the past five year, and this year hosted Bikers For Babies as the ambassador family. Their daughter Melanie, 7, was born prematurely and spent weeks in the NICU.
Fortunately, March of Dimes research and family support got them through.
"She is a strong, sassy, excited little seven year old!' Melanie's mom Beckie said. "You come out here and its not about being a biker or being an individual, its about being a big family."
Riders like Dennis Whiteaker has been a part of the event for years, after a dear friend's child was born premature and needed help from the March of Dimes.
"It's amazing, amazing, just all the help Kansas City gives for these babies," Whiteaker said.
Ed Hale of Grandview, Mo., and his team of bikers called 'Ed's Posse' raised $143,000 just this year.