Introduction to Wear A Helmet.org
We are an organization dedicated to educate riders of all kinds on the importance of wearing a helmet. Thousands of kids and Adults alike are injured or killed each year from bicycling, skating, rollerblading or on Motorcycles or ATV's. Many injuries and deaths can be avoided by the simply wearing a helmet.
This site is dedicated to the memory of a young man named Brian who was 16 years old. Brian was like most 16 year old boys. He loved to have fun, hang out with his friends, go to the movies, think about girls and complain about school. In a lot of ways, Brian was also not like a lot of 16 year old boys. Brian liked to hang out with people of all ages. Everyone who knew him talked about how Brian could strike up a conversation with anyone, anytime, anywhere. Brian was almost never at a loss for words (though sometimes people wished he was). Brian loved his friends and his family deeply. He liked to arm wrestle his uncles and play with his cousins. He liked politics and looked forwarding to being 18 and having a chance to vote. He liked the "OC", "Laguna Beach" and "MTV". He talked on his cell phone and listened to his MP3 player. Brian wanted to go to the University of Colorado at Boulder to become a history teacher. Most of all, Brian wanted to have fun. All of this changed on June 22, 2006. The morning started like any other. Brian had graduated 10th grade two days before and was looking forward to a relaxing summer and hanging out with his friends, attending camp, and a trip to England and Lithuania later in the summer. But on the morning of June 22nd, Brian decided to go skateboarding. Like many times in the past, Brian did not wear his helmet. At 11:22 AM, his mother received a phone call from the police that Brian had been found and was being air lifted to the hospital. Brian had fallen off his skateboard and hit his head. On June 23rd, just 24 hours later, Brian was pronounced brain dead at the hospital. Not a single person in Brian's life will ever be the same. Over 100 people attended Brian's funeral. They cried, shared stories, and talked about how much they will miss Brian. Most of all, they talked about his smile. Nobody who knew him can ever forget his smile.
My girl has gone
On the 21st of May 2005 my daughter Caroline, age 13, left for a fun day with friends. I didn't see her again until 10pm in the hospital morgue. A whole lot of circumstances led to her fatal accident. A change to any one of which could have delivered a different outcome. Unexpectedly she ended up on a friends horse at a campdraft. No she wasn't wearing a helmet. She started off by being led by her fiend, after that what happened is unclear. The horse reared and ran with my girl. She impacted the rear of a small 4WD and ended up under it impacting with the diff etc. She had massive head injuries and died instantly. She only was a novice rider. One persons comment was "I have never seen a horse go so fast". Life is hell without her. It truly is hard to keep going even though I have three other children and four grandchildren. It just isn't right! Our children are supposed to outlive us." Ruth Price
Linking to Wear A Helmet.org
We greatly appreciate that so many people have let us know that they would like to link to Wear A Helmet.org. In order to try and make things easy, we have created some banners that can be used. Below is a sample of banners that you can put on your site. Instead of saving the images to your hard drive and then uploading them to your site, we ask that - when possible - you add the HTML code supplied instead. This will save you bandwidth on your site and also allow us to make changes to the banners without your needing to change anything on your page. We will maintain the size and name of each banner so you will not have a missing image appear on your page. If you have a site that you feel would be valuable to visitors to this site, please let us know so that we can link to you also. We will be adding more images soon.
Injuries w/o a Helmet
I wanted to share my son, Jacob's story to spread awareness to everyone also on wearing bike helmets. Also to make sure your child wears the helmet because it’s not enough to have you have to wear. Jacob is 7 1/2 years old. On July 21 2006 Jacob was riding his bike with his cousin and lost control of his bike and ran into his cousin's handlebars and flip off. He had a fracture to his left side of his skull. With the swelling caused him to have seizures and at one point he stopped breathing. They had to place a drain in his skull to relieve some of the pressure. He spent 7 days in the ICU and we have been at Madonna's Rehab center since Aug. 7th. He just started to walk with help and he has short term memory loss on top of needing Physical, Occupational and speech therapies. They doctors believe he make close to a full recovery but with traumatic brain injuries it is a long process. It has been a long road for him and our family but we are blessed that he has made it this far. All my children had a helmet but never wore them. Now it a rule for the whole family NO helmet, No bike! It this story can help in anyway to make sure all the children have helmets it is worth it. - Maxine