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No Helmet No Ride
Over 30,000 children sustain brain injuries each year from activities involving bikes, boards, and blades.
Mary Barsness, a mother and teacher whose son, Willi, received a serious traumatic brain injury in 2014, has joined the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare and Regions Hospital in founding No Helmet No Ride, a program designed to educate middle and high school-aged students on the importance of helmet use while on bikes, boards and blades.
Most kids are unaware of the serious implications of not wearing a helmet when engaging in activities like riding bikes, skateboarding and rollerblading. No Helmet No Ride's goals are to:
- create a cultural change among teens and young adults that will result in helmet wearing becoming the norm instead of the exception
- increase TBI awareness
- inspire young people to wear helmets.
Willi sustained a serious traumatic brain injury while long-boarding in his neighborhood, and it soon became abundantly clear that many kids in his age group are unaware of the serious implications of not wearing a helmet when engaging in activities like riding bikes, skateboarding and rollerblading.
No Helmet No Ride's goal is to create a cultural change among teens and young adults that will result in helmet wearing becoming the norm instead of the exception. Barsness will share the story of her son's experience – as well as the stories of other TBI patients – as part of the program's initial push into classrooms. In the long-term, the goal is to increase TBI awareness, raise money for helmet giveaways and inspire young people to consider helmet use a "no brainer."
Willi's family, doctors, and friends want to share his amazing story with you in hopes that no one else has to wonder what difference a helmet would have made.
No Helmet No Ride shares Willi's amazing story with your students in hopes that wearing a helmet becomes a "no brainer."
Are you interested in hosting a No Helmet No Ride presentation? Please contact the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.