Thousands of motorcycle riders raised more than $600,000 for the March of Dimes at Sunday's Bikers for Babies ride.
"He was born almost three months almost premature. He weighed two pounds, 12 ounces. He was doing great the first month then we found out he had some issues. He spent his first four months in the hospital," Lisa Warner said.
Warner and her husband, Clay, were riding for their grandson Matthew.
"(Today) he's doing awesome, you couldn't tell anything was ever wrong with him. He's 4 years old and doing great," Warner said.
The March of Dimes helps hundreds of families every year right here in Kansas City. The riders providing much of the financial support.
"I think everyone realizes it's for the babies. The more money we can help to develop technologies to save babies on the hardest day of their lives, which is the first day," said Chris Whigham, a planning committee member and grand donor.
Tucker Orton, now 7 years old, spent 92 days in the NICU and nearly died at birth. Sunday, he was the face of this year's ride. He definitely enjoyed all the bikes.
"Everything, I just love everything about motorcycles," Tucker said.
His mother, Jennifer Orton, said she's honored to help with the ride.
"It's my way of giving back, without them he probably wouldn't be here," she said. "I don't think people out there know how much it can affect a family. It's hard to explain the feeling you get when you come out and see all these people doing this."
She said the March of Dimes helped her tremendously when Tucker was in the hospital.
"It's hard," Orton said. "You see your friends out with their kids and you get to go to the hospital and visit yours. March of Dimes has a great support group, they have information to help you learn about this stuff. It's amazing."
Ed Hale is name that has become synonymous with Bikers for Babies. "Ed's Posse" raised $136,000 this year.
"The purest of souls, they haven't done anything to anybody, you know if anybody deserves my help first, it's them," Hale said.
This is Hale's 10th year riding Bikers for Babies. "Ed's Posse" is the top fundraising group in the country for the March of Dimes.
Some statistics say one in eight babies is born premature.
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