ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) -

Area bikers are coming together this weekend to make a difference for our area kids.

The 12th annual Thunder Ride kicked off Saturday morning from Onalaska, with 600 riders making the 100 mile trek that ended up at the Oktoberfest grounds for food and entertainment.

Riders are raising awareness and money for Coulee Region kids with diabetes. All of the funds raised go to help families who can't afford the high medical costs that come with diabetes.

Organizers say over the past 12 years the event has really grown into a community-wide gathering to show support for those in need.

"[It’s great,] just seeing everybody in the community come together, everybody put their hearts and souls into it,” said Barb Stowasser, one of the organizers of the ride.

“We keep saying this is going to be our last year, there's going to be a cure, but there hasn't been yet - so we just keep continuing. The kids don't quit diabetes, so we can't quit on them."

Organizers say in past years, they've raised about $100,000 and expected do to the same Saturday.