On Sunday, May 21, 2006, an estimated 2,000 motorcyclists will join Dee Snider (radio personality and lead singer of TWISTED SISTER) and the March of Dimes in the fight against premature birth at Dee Snider's fourth annual Bikers for Babies Ride. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale and the bikers will hit the open road at 11:00 a.m. The route is as follows: Meadowbrook Parkway South to Ocean Parkway East; Ocean Parkway East to Robert Moses Causeway North; Robert Moses Causeway North to Long Island Expressway East; Long Island Expressway East to North Ocean Avenue. The ride will culminate at the Town of Brookhaven's Town Hall located at One Independence Hill in Farmingville.Premature birth is a tremendous problem in the United States, affecting more than 480,000 babies and their families each year. It is the leading cause of death for babies during their crucial first month of life and since 1981, the rate of premature birth has risen a staggering 27% with nearly 50% of all premature births having no known cause. Together with Dee Snider, the March of Dimes hopes to raise money to pursue its mission of improving the health of babies, preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Grand Marshal and celebrity chair Dee Snider says, "One of the great things about being a biker is that we are part of a community and this is our chance to do something good. The March of Dimes strikes a chord with me. As the father of four, two of my children were born premature, and now, with your involvement and my big mouth, we will do something great!" The ride is sanctioned by the American Motorcycle Association and is open to the public and all motorcycle enthusiasts are welcome. A small registration fee of $25.00 is required and riders are treated to lunch, entertainment and a host of vendors at the finish (Town of Brookhaven's Town Hall in Farmingville). Interested riders may register by contacting the March of Dimes - Long Island Division at 516.496.8198 or via email at [email protected] All pre-registered riders will receive a commemorative Bikers for Babies patch in addition to the commemorative pin that all riders will receive. Route information to follow. Dee Snider's fourth annual Bikers for Babies Ride is made possible, in large part, by its local supporters and sponsors, who include: Full Throttle Magazine; Garden City Pizza; Geico; Lighthouse Harley-Davidson (presenting sponsor); Ruby Tuesday — Long Island; WBAB/WBLI Radio; www.hogwild.TV; and, its national sponsor, Kawasaki Motor Corporation. To join the event's growing list of sponsors, please call Susan Kornick at 516.496.8198. The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth. For more information, visit the March of Dimes web site at marchofdimes.com or its Spanish language Web site at nacersano.org.
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