Dee SnIder visits SBUMC to raise awareness with the March of Dimes
LEGENDARY ROCKER DEE SNIDER DELIVERS "BABY LOVE," CUSTOM-MADE MOTORCYCLE "CONCEIVED" TO RAISE FUNDS TO FIGHT PREMATURITY
Hospital event kicks off March of Dimes Ride against Premature Birth
STONY BROOK, N.Y., March 16, 2008 - Dee Snider, radio personality and lead singer for the legendary 80's rock group "Twisted Sister" kicked off his 6th Annual "Dee Snider's Bikers for Babies Ride" at Stony Brook University Medical Center. The annual fundraiser, which takes place Sunday, May 18 at Point Lookout in Hempstead, benefits the March of Dimes to raise awareness and fight premature birth. After meeting up with fellow bikers and hospital staff, and showcasing his custom made "Baby Love" motorcycle, Dee visited moms, dads and babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Stony Brook, which is home tthe March of Dimes NICU Family Support program.
Stony Brook University Medical Center is home to Suffolk County's only Regional Perinatal Center caring for critically ill newborns. A team of seven neonatologists (doctors who specialize in the care of newborns) provides the only around the clock in hospital care for newborns in Suffolk County. The NICU at Stony Brook can care for up to 50 babies at a time, and treats more than 825 premature, sick and injured babies each year. More than 150 infants and 125 high risk pregnant women are transferred annually from other hospitals in the region to the Regional Perinatal Center. More than 100 specially trained nurses care for families in the NICU. The Obstetric and NICU transport teams include specially trained doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, paramedics and respiratory therapists.