Published: Oct 14, 2012 9:55 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 15, 2012 10:38 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla.- 1300 motorcyclists are taking to Southwest Florida streets today to raise money and awareness for the March of Dimes.

The 35 mile ride kicks off from North Collier Regional Park off Livingston Road at 11 a.m. and will end at the Fort Myers Harley Davidson on Colonial Boulevard.

The money raised goes to support the March of Dimes, and all stays locally in the community.

Marcella Brown is an ambassador for March of Dimes. The 15-year-old was born premature, and says she wouldn't be where she is today without the March of Dimes. She says, "Now that I'm older, my role is to help other babies who are born premature to have a better life."

Carolyn Malinowski couldn't contain her excitement to participate in the ride. "I couldn't even sleep I was up until 1 this morning knowing I gotta get on the road today and I was just like a giggling little kid." She says she's proud to support such a worthy cause with her friend, and the rest of the biker community. "We both have children ourselves and thank God we were blessed with healthy babies but I do have friends who don't have healthy babies and you cannot pour enough love."

If you are traveling through Bonita Springs, Fort Myers Beach, along McGregor Boulevard or Colonial Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, you may encounter traffic delays as the ride passes by.

WINK Skytracker Meteorologist Scott Zedeker was the Grand Marshall.