Bikers for Babies rides into Kansas City to raise money for March of Dimes

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Each year more than 500,000 babies are born premature in the United States. In Kansas City, one in ten babies are born premature, according to March of Dimes.

On Sunday, thousands of motorcycle riders traveled to Kansas City to raise money for March of Dimes. The money raised goes towards research, education and vaccines for area families.

Ashley and Jeremy Higgins have two babies born premature and wanted to raise awareness about what they went through.

"You see most families which have a healthy pregnancy and they get to bring the baby home and we did not get that experience so we just wanted to raise awareness about what we went through and try to help raise funds for research," said Ashley Higgins.

Robin Evans is the Director of Women and Children Services at St. Luke's Hospital and took part in the ride at Kansas Speedway.

"Prematurity is more widespread than most people realize. Last year, we saw more then 500 infants in our intensive care nursery at St. Luke's Hospital," said Evans.

This is the 22nd annual "Bikers for Babies" ride.