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Presented by Trantolo & Trantolo, the 18th Annual Connecticut Miracle Ride is scheduled for April 28. Last year, the event benefitting the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center raised $30,000 and has donated over $500,000 since its beginning in 1996.

For those unfamiliar, the Miracle Ride is the largest motorcycle charity event in Southern New England and, for 2013, is expected to draw 1,000 motorists. Funds raised support the families and babies in Connecticut Children’s NICU units and, over the years, have gone toward purchasing specialized equipment. The event itself raises money and awareness for the 1,000 premature or sick infants placed annually in Connecticut Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

The region’s only academic medical center solely dedicated to the care of children, Connecticut Children’s offers critical care services to infants at 19 state hospitals, including the only Level III NICU in the region, and is one of the largest neonatal programs in the country, with 72 beds at its Hartford and UConn Health Center campuses. Dedicated to improving the physical and emotional health of children with family-centered care, research, education, and advocacy, Connecticut Children’s offers pediatric services at its Hartford and Waterbury hospitals, NICUs in Hartford and Farmington, and 16 specialty care centers.

For those participating, the 2013 Miracle Ride starts at Elm St. near Bushnell Park in Hartford, with registration open at 10 a.m. Parade lineup begins at 11 a.m., with the ride officially taking off at noon. The route takes riders through Hartford’s streets, with the finishing location at the Sun Valley Resort in Stafford Springs. At 1:30 p.m., riders get treated to a complimentary BBQ lunch and live music from the Arizona Maid Band.

Companies have a chance to invest in the Miracle Ride as a sponsor. Aside from supporting a good cause, being a sponsor exposes a brand to a desired demographic. To get more information, read here.