There was no shortage of Harleys or black leather at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin on Sunday afternoon. The bikers may look like a tough crowd, but they showed up for a very delicate cause.
"They did wonders for our family," said Chris Tooman from West Michigan.
His son Noah,13 months, had a rough start in life. He was born with two heart defects that basically left holes in his tiny heart. The little boy spent 88 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids.
"As soon as we arrived the night Noah was born, we were in shock basically," remembers Tooman, a first-time dad.
March of Dimes was there for their family the entire way, providing resources and support during sleepless nights at the hospital.
"They gave us a wonderful booklet full of what to expect and took us along the path to get comfortable to understand what was happening and the process and the medical terms," he said.
"They put us in contact with other families that had similar experiences and that is just incredibly comforting to know there is an organization like the March of Dimes to help protect and educate and get you through one of the hardest times of our life."
Noah, who attended Sunday's fundraiser, is doing much better and growing up fast.
The support his family received is made possible thanks to all the riders who show up every year at Bikers for Babies.
"When we started doing this 10 or 12 years ago, it was 50 guys and a barbeque,
now we've got about 1000 motorcycles and a couple hundred hot rods," said Fox 17's Christian Frank, who participated in the fundraiser.
The bikers came from all across the state, raising around $60,000 for the cause.
"This is probably the biggest one we've ever had, which is awesome," said March of Dimes Executive Director Ginger Feldman.