Known for the big hair and make-up he wore as the lead singer of the glam metal band Twisted Sister, Snider was named honorary chairman of the 2008 Bikers for Babies ride. Proceeds from the ride will support the March of Dimes’ work in improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
“I’m honored to be a part of these events and proud of their success in raising funds to fight premature birth,” says Snider.
The March of Dimes’ cause is a dear one for Snider and his wife Suzette: two of their four children were born prematurely. Snider has been involved with the March of Dimes Bikers for Babies ride for nine years. After riding with the Connecticut Chapter for three years, Snider started a new Bikers for Babies ride in Long Island, N.Y.
“Dee Snider has been a dedicated volunteer for several years now, and we’re really pleased that he’s agreed to take on a greater role in helping March of Dimes efforts for stronger, healthier babies,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, March of Dimes president. “Just looking out at all of the dedicated bikers, both individuals and families, who come together for this event makes you want to suit up yourself and go for a spin.”
Snider is also holding a raffle for a custom-designed motorcycle with the proceeds going to the Long Island Bikers for Babies chapter.
According to the March of Dimes, half a million babies are born prematurely each year in the United States, and 13 newborns die every day from complications due to their early birth. Babies born prematurely face the risk of chronic lung disease or vision and hearing loss. The average medical cost for a prematurely-born baby is $32,325, compared to the average cost of a full-term baby, $3,325.