Published: Nov 08, 2010 4:37 AM EST
Updated: Nov 07, 2010 10:36 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Supporters lined the roads from Naples to Fort Myers as more than 1500 motorcycles flooded the streets, all for one reason.

"We love kids. Anything to do with kids is a good cause," said John Emanuelson.

With every mile, and every dollar raised, these bikers are making a difference for children across Southwest Florida. Every penny helps the March of Dimes. It's the third largest March fo Dimes ride in the U.S.

The organization is dedicated to raising money to prevent birth defects and premature labor, a growing problem in the nation. One in eight babies is born too early and fights to survive.

Money raised at the event will help pay for research and go directly to families who need help.