Bikers Ready to Ride the East Side
Collinsville, Illinois, July 03, 2014
Hundreds of motorcyclists will hit the streets for the 12th Annual Metro East Bikers for Babies on July 26, 2014. Riders from across the area will join together for a beautiful tour down the Great River Road in Illinois, from Alton to Grafton, in support of stronger, healthier babies. The ride will start Wild Country in Collinsville and end at Hawg Pit BBQ Barn in Grafton. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and it’s kickstands up at noon. There will be live music and vendors at the Hawg Pit and KSHE-95’s Sweetmeat is set to make an appearance.
Support from participants will benefit the lives of babies and families like the Pfershys, Ambassador Family for 2014. Matt and Robyn Pfershy are parents to three children. Their daughters Abigayle and Olivia were actually triplets, born in 2008 at 2 pounds, 5 ounces and 1 pound, 9 ounces respectively. Sadly, their brother, Jackson, didn’t survive. Today, the girls are healthy 6 year olds and have a healthy baby brother, Ryan. According to Robyn, “We will be forever thankful to the March of Dimes for its research in helping tiny little babies like ours. For example, research and developments in surfactant that the girls received immediately after birth helped them to have the ability to be able to breathe on their own.”
The route is approximately 60 miles long and travels on I-55 and IL-140 with the last stretch along the Great River Road to Grafton.
Organizers expect more than 500 participants and hope to raise $45,000 for March of Dimes research, education, and programs. Register at: bikersforbabiesmetroeast.org.