What started as a joking request led the town of Cridersville, Ohio, to officially change its name for a day to Snidersville in honor of Dee Snider, front man for the 1980’s heavy metal band Twisted Sister, and national spokesman for March of Dimes Bikers for Babies.
“I’ve had many dreams and been lucky enough to have most of them come true, but I would never dare to dream of something like this! Having a town change its name to mine—even though it is changing only a few letters —is one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to me!” said Dee Snider, who jokingly requested the change when a listener from the town requested a song. “It’s even better that we can support the March of Dimes work to give all babies a healthy start in life.”
On August 21st, Cridersville, Ohio, will be officially changing its name to Snidersville. That same day, Dee Snider will host a March of Dimes Bikers for Babies ride and will ride his motorcycle from Lima, Ohio, to “Snidersville” with other bikers to help raise funds to help fight premature birth.
“The town agreed to change its name, and Dee found a way for it to benefit the March of Dimes,” explained Ryan Reker, program director and on-air personality at Maverick Media. Mr. Snider hosts a nationally syndicated House of Hair radio show for Recker’s station, WEGE-FM, which is sponsoring the Bikers for Babies event.
Premature birth is a serious health problem. Each year in the United States, more than a half million babies are born too soon. Premature birth is a leading cause of infant death, and babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifelong health challenges, including breathing problems, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and others.