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I heard the bikes coming in as I sat at a concession stand set up just minutes before. I wondered what the heck I had gotten myself into. Thousands of bikers were driving in, most decked out in leather jackets, chaps, and helmets. Men and women of all ages parked their bikes and strutted toward my stand.

There I sat with a few dozen bags of bagels and containers of orange juice. What would I do if I ran out of food? I could picture myself being bombarded by these large, famished, leathered-clad men. When the first one walked up, I greeted him with a friendly hello and a huge smile in hopes of covering up my fear. To my surprise, he returned my smile.

My first lesson as a volunteer at the March of Dimes’ Bikers for Babies event: don’t judge people by their appearance. You never would have guessed that these tough-looking bikers had such a desire to give back to their community. Coming from a small town in New York, with just 100 children per grade, I had never seen so much diversity. It was truly amazing to watch thousands of people come together for this event.

Working with the March of Dimes has given me the impetus to give back to the community. Not only did I have the satisfaction of helping sick children, but I worked side-by-side with people outside my community for something much greater than one ­person could achieve.

Bikers for Babies is an event to raise money for ­babies born prematurely. Many do not know that one in eight babies is born prematurely, and that this is the primary cause of death during the first month of life. The March of Dimes donates 76 cents of every dollar to help support these children and their families.

For the past four years, I have worked alongside my father for this great cause. It is a remarkable event because people from everywhere come together and have a good time. Dee Snider, the lead singer from Twisted Sister, contributes to this ­organization. Two of his four children were born prematurely, motivating him to support the yearly Bikers for Babies event.

In my years of volunteering for the March of Dimes, I have never met a biker who lived up to the negative stereotypes. So, next time you see those tough, leather-clad bikers cruising around on the roads, remember that they may not be as menacing as they look.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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74Kjj said...
Oct. 28, 2010 at 3:12 pm:
This article shows how stereotyping can cause us to miss people's good points. People, no matter who they are or what they look like, gather together to help others in great need. This article shows how even bikers are not as mean as they seem. After reading this article I have learned that when I meet someone new I will look for their good points and not their looks.
 
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rctriple6 said...
Nov. 11, 2009 at 4:57 pm:
This is a great article. I love how you wrote about not judging a book by its cover. My boyfriends mother and step-father are bikers and they are the greatest people you will ever meet and they also give to the March of Dimes. Thank you for showing everyone what a good person you are. Blessed Be.
 
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. said...
Nov. 11, 2009 at 9:41 am:
I love how this article really exemplifies the importance of giving back as well as not judging. Good job!
 
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MsLautner said...
Oct. 20, 2009 at 7:02 pm:
This was a really nice article! I love it! Its great that you're giving to this charity! Kudos!
 
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