ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It was shortened by flooding but never threatened by Sunday’s rain!
The 20th anniversary Bikers for Babies ride criss-crossed the St. Louis area to raise money for the smallest of us.
That money helps premature babies and their families via the March of Dimes.
One of those babies is all grown up now – almost.
Adali Antisdel, 7, of Sunset Hills walked among hundreds of motorcycles lined up at the ride’s starting point Sunday morning: Mungenast Motorsports. For Adali’s family, Bikers for Babies has forever changed the sound of a motorcycle’s roar.
“Everything has changed. Everything means more now that you know that we have a healthy family to enjoy it with,” said Adali’s mom, Jamie Antisdel.
“Bikers for Babies … rain or shine, we’re here,” laughed Charles Campbell, a return rider who scoffed at the idea of being a “no-show” when he saw heavy rain prior to the ride Sunday morning.
“I’ve got 3 wheels on this, other than getting wet, I’m good to go… you do what you can…motorcyclists, veterans…as much as we can for those who can’t,” Campbell said.
They’ve raised more than $3 million dollars through the years with a 2015 goal of $125,000.
All those rides before Adali came along paid off right after she did.
“She was 3 months early. She weighed 1 lb. 15 oz.,” her mom said. “A drug that she would receive that essentially gave her the best chance for her lungs to mature was made possible by research that was funded by the March of Dimes.”
Flooding shortened the 68 mile South County to Grafton, IL, route.
The new stopping point was Alton, about 40 miles away.
Seeing Adali smiling and waving on their way out, this bunch of bikers would likely ride to Canada if need be.