Bikers for Children

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Bikers from all over the state were in Little Rock Sunday - not to ride the curves of Central Arkansas' roads, but to raise money for some very special children.

Matt and Mary Jackson own M&M Motorcycle Shop and outfit bikers from around the state. They also have a son together, Codi, who was born healthy but developed spinal meningitis as a baby. He was treated at Arkansas Children's Hospital from the beginning.

Sunday's ride was a way of giving back to those who gave so much to them.

"To be able to raise money for Children's Hospital, for what they've done for my family and to look at the miracles they've done for so many other families... it's just one of the best things you can be involved with," said Matt Jackson.

When the bikers arrived at the hospital, they had raised $48,000 in donations. Their goal was $50,000.

"We had some with $48-something thousand dollars and we wanted to break the $50,000 mark so everybody grabbed buckets and went around and the next thing you know, we've got $58,000. And that was just out of the bikers' pockets," said Mary Jackson.

Nearly $10,000 raised in just an hour, bringing their total to $58,397. The money will buy a special treadmill for the children and go toward other medical needs.

Last year was the first year of Arkansas Bikers for Children and they raised $19,000.

Anyone who would like to donate but didn't ride Sunday can do so at the group's website by clicking here. You can also check out their Facebook page by clicking here. All proceeds go directly to Arkansas Children's Hospital.

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