Annual bike rally at Burns Park raises money for medical equipment

AR Bikers for Children raise money for Arkansas Children's Hospital

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Burns Park had a large crowd Sunday, not with kids but with motorcycles.

Arkansas Bikers for Children held their annual bike rally and raised money for an important piece of medical equipment. An estimated 300 bike riders from different cities all over the state came out. Riders came from Mountain View, Pine Bluff, and Arkadelphia just to name a few places.

“The biker community really has a heart for children,” said Tiffany Black with Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

“We were formed in 2012 and we're a 501-C3,” Billie Martin said, co-chairman of the group.

There was good food, good music, and lots of fun all for an even greater cause.

“They have been so dedicated to us over the past few years, specifically to raise funds for equipment throughout the hospital,” said Black.

In nearly six years, Arkansas Bikers for Children have raised over $300,000 for Arkansas Children's Hospital and saved eight lives in the process,

"It's really a good fulfillment, especially when you walk through the hospital and see some of the kids we're able to help,” Jerry Todd said, one of the many bikers out at the park.

The group helps to raise funds through member activities like golf tournaments and other events around the state year round.

“We do three golf tournaments a year,” added Martin.

This year's donation will go towards a Transonic Elsa Meter for the pediatric intensive care unit.

“That's one of our most delicate areas of the hospital. So to have them provide this is so critical and very needed,” said Black.

The meter can detect and break down blood clots.

“Tt has a meter that controls the flow of the blood coming out of the heart and body. Then it also has a heater that can warm the blood up as it goes back into the body,” Martin said.

The rally ends every year with the bikers doing what they do best, riding and revving their engines all the way to the hospital. Arkansas Bikers for Children wrote a check for $45,300 Sunday.

The group has also purchased anti-gravity treadmills used in the therapy department. It helps take weight off a patients legs when they're learning to walk again, or healing from an injury .

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