MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO. (KTVI) - Drivers around St. Louis County found themselves surrounded by motorcycles at various times Sunday afternoon, but his was a crowd of bikers most were glad to see. The Bikers for Babies were on the road for the March of Dimes.
Hundreds of leather clad Harley riders began at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, some with the intimidating look associated with the motorcycle set.
But when riders like John Binkley stopped riding and started talking, you knew quickly these were people dedicated to a cause.
“We’re here to save babies man. Every child deserves a chance. I can’t sum it up any better than that,” he said.
Binkley, known as “Binks” to his friends, has good reason to be here. His son is one of the children the March of Dimes has helped.
“21 years ago March of Dimes saved my son’s life. Shawn Binkley is now a presidential scholar at SLU.”
That was three years prior to Bikers for Babies hitting the road in St. Louis, and it was a frightening time for the Binkley family.
“He spent twelve days in neonatal. My wife did not get to hold him until he was eight days old,” he shared. “March of Dimes funded the drug called serfactin, and if it wasn’t for serfactin, Shawn wouldn’t be here today. Now it’s saving tens of thousands of lives.”
Riders poured in by the hundreds Sunday, providing a warm feeling for the March of Dimes workers that spend their days trying to raise money for research.
“They look kind of like a rough and tumble crowd, but this motorcycle community is such caring and generous people,” director Missy Tillman said. “They’re out there on the street corner raising money for the March of Dimes all year round.”
And Binkley is one of their leaders.
“We ride for a cause. We ride for good causes. We ride to save lives. And that’s a good thing, man. That’s a good thing,” he said.
More info: BikersForBabies.org