Dee Snider will ride on Saturday with his biker comrades in Lido Beach to support March of Dimes, and earlier this week, he stopped by the neonatal intensive care unit at this week to show his support for it.
"I've been in neonatal units before. This one we have at Stony Brook, it's so much more personal," he said.
For Snider himself, the cause is personal, too: two of his four kids were born prematurely. His annual Bikers for Babies event, now in its 10th year, will raise funds for March of Dimes with the help of more than 2,000 motorcycle riders. This past spring he also donated more than $300,000 to the March of Dimes after winning on .
It's meaningful to families like the Ramirez family of Stony Brook. Four weeks ago, Talan Ramirez was born 10 weeks prematurely to parents Jamie and Dustin Ramirez. March of Dimes facilitated visits from other women who had given birth to premature babies, who shared uplifting success stories even as Jamie and Dustin were coping with Talan's premature birth.
"We're so fortunate for the location of this NICU," Jamie said. "It was something I never expected to go through myself."
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