Archive for June 2010

Helmets, helmets, helmets! by Esther Curtis

June 21, 2010

Come on, parents, let’s do simple things to keep our kids safe!

We camped at a state park for Father’s Day weekend. I was flabbergasted at how few children wore bike helmets while riding throughout the park.  Of more than twenty riders (that I saw), there were only two of them: my daughter and my son. (My husband and I were the only two adults wearing bike helmets in the entire park.)

I was horrified to find out that one of our visitors had actually allowed his four-year-old grandson to ride his bike two miles on Delaware’s rural roads to the park that day, without a helmet.

Besides regular old common sense, bike helmets are the next easiest way to prevent brain injury. Modern bike helmets are made of very light material and cost very little. Wearing a bike helmet reduces the risk of brain injury by 88%! Adults aren’t immune to falls; remember the old rule, “the bigger they are, the harder you fall”. It’s true!

I let my kids get dirty and explore, and sometimes they eat things they shouldn’t (like bugs), but I don’t play around with head safety. They don’t get on a bike without a helmet, because it only takes one fall without a helmet to do permanent damage.

Make sure your children are wearing their helmets, and refer to the Brain Injury Association of Delaware (BIAD) www.biade.org, the Brain Injury Association of America (www.biausa.org), and the Bike Safety Helmet Institute (www.helmets.org) for more information.

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Amazing Day by Esther Curtis

June 14, 2010

Yesterday was just great. The annual Spring Fling, a brain injury survivor social event, was so much fun!

Usually, we hand Devon the microphone and she winds up doing all of the entertaining (she’s more than capable), but for the first time, we were able to hire professional entertainers – an Elvis impersonator, a beautiful singer, and a funny and talented magician. Peach Tree Acres sponsored these wonderful acts.

I was so excited to see how many new people found their way to the event. Rusty must have called every person in Delaware to ensure the word was out there. She really put her whole heart into the event.

The food – by A Taste of Heaven Caterers Chef Victor Hendricks and his lovely and gracious family – was delicious. When Victor brought in the trays of food, I had to check to make sure I wasn’t drooling. And when I finally got a chance to have a taste… let’s just say, I need some of those recipes. But there’s no way I’ll be able to replicate his magic.

Robin Reifsnyder, who served BIAD for countless years as a member of the BIAD Board and one of our Sussex County support group facilitators, was awarded a certificate of appreciation. Believe it or not, we’ve been carrying this certificate around to every BIAD event hoping he’d be there! Robin retired from the Board of Directors in 2009.

We know brain injury is no laughing matter, but smiles and laughter abounded at the Spring Fling on Sunday (as did heckling). Nobody gets out of our events without cracking a smile.