TWISTED SISTER Frontman Helps Raise $20,000 To Fight Birth Defects

According to The Journal News, TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider — the grand marshal of the March of Dimes motorcycle ride — was on hand in Harrison, New York Sunday (Sept. 18) to greet more than 200 people who gathered from Westchester and Rockland counties to support the ride.

The March of Dimes, a national nonprofit organization fighting birth defects, aims to improve the health of babies by preventing premature births and infant mortality through funding research in the area.

Premature birth affects more than 460,000 babies in the United States every year and is the leading cause of death in the child's first month, said Sharon Masciovecchio, senior community director of the Westchester/Rockland division of the organization.

The ride, a 75-mile tour through the scenic roads of Westchester and Rockland counties over the Bear Mountain Bridge, drew about 200 riders and raised about $20,000, Masciovecchio said.

Snider himself is no stranger to the world of NICUs (neonatal intensive care units). Two of his four children arrived early.

"My kids were less than 5 pounds, but in the wards they were the big guys. We got out of there in two weeks, but we have seen single mothers in there for months, and it is not easy to forget that," Snider said.

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