KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's the biggest charity bike ride in the country: KC Bikers for Babies.
Ed hale and his posse of 700 bikers are a huge part of the ride. Some of Hale's passion can be traced back to the day, eight years ago, when he met a tiny baby girl.
When Hale and his posse roll in, everyone takes notice. The group is legendary for their support of babies.
"It takes a lot of time, good people hard work and commitment," said Hale.
Little Maggie Swearingen is one of the youngest members of the gang.
Better known as Princess Maggie, she has her own wheels, a battery charged Razor super chopper with bling, and a firm commitment to this cause.
"March of Dimes, I love it because it helps babies and their family too," said Maggie.
Maggie was born weighing two pounds, one ounce. She almost didn't make it.
"The minute you get into the NICU and are stable, March of Dimes comes in and talks about support," said Bridget Swearingen, Maggie’s mom.
Against the odds Maggie lived, and at six-months-old, she attended her first Bikers for Babies. That is the day she met Hale. She was so small; he thought he was holding a brand new baby.
"She is my little girl, will always be. I love her with all my heart,” said Hale.
And Maggie feels the same way, even wearing a badge that claims her as “Ed's Maggie.”
"I wear it when we think Ed's going to be somewhere. You must be special to him; I am,” she said.
In fact, Maggie is one of the big reasons that Hale works so hard to raise money for the March of Dimes.
This year the posse lifted the trunk and revealed a donation of $117,000.
"It’s heartwarming to see these bikers come out for these babies and do what they do," said Maggie’s dad, Ken Swearingen.
And Hale says, little Maggie represents thousands of Kansas City babies that he is helping to thrive through the March of Dimes.
“Instead of leaving a better world for our children we should leave better children for our world. I think we are doing that,” said Hale.
About 5,000 bikers raised $800,000. Next year Hale's posse hopes to raise enough money to surpass $1,000,000 in total donations to KC Bikers for Babies.