Bikers raise money for cash-strapped fire departments

Michigan bikers take a ride to benefit local fire departments and burn victims.

The nearly 1,000 man ride called "Bikin' for Burns" is in its 13th year helping the community.

The event started with a police-escorted parade that began at Perani's Arena in Flint.

The ride finished at the Circus Park in Clio.

The funds raised will go to Mundy and Vernon Township fire departments and the Hurley Medical Center burn unit.

Region 20 of ABATE Michigan organizes the event but leaders say it takes a lot of people to pull off the event.

"I'm the guy whose face gets out there and is getting the credit for doing it but they're the ones that get the credit. There are a ton of workers here that are putting their free time into making this event possible," said Tim Heath, regional coordinator of ABATE region 20.

ABATE is a non-profit organziation that promotes safety for motorcyclists.

Each year the funds raised through the event go to different fire departments.