Finding Purpose

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Welcome to Helmets For Kids!

Helmets For Kids is an organization created by Mike Heikes to provide kids with bicycle helmets to help prevent brain injuries. Mike Heikes is a Brain Injury Survivor himself and five-time cross-country bicyclist. Since the program was started in 1999, Mike has fitted and given away over 19,000 bicycle helmets to kids all across the country – most of them in Minnesota and North Dakota, although they have been shipped all over the United States. Mike also speaks in schools, churches, and organizations to tell everyone his story and how they can prevent a serious brain injury like his.

2017 Bicycle Ride
Mike is planning a bicycle ride from Fergus Falls to Alexandria, MN on the Central Lakes Trail in 2017 to raise funds to buy more helmets to fit and give away! Every $5.00 donated buys one approved helmet.
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Finding Purpose
In Being A Brain Injury Survivor is an autobiography about one man’s journey from a severe brain injury to becoming a cross-country bicyclist and bicycle helmet advocate.

The following article was published in
The Daily Journal August 9, 2013

Mike Heikes, the bicyclist who was injured after he was hit by a car Aug. 2 in Fergus Falls, is starting a long recovery at home due to a broken leg from the incident.

Heikes, 48, of Fergus Falls, wore a helmet that morning as he rode southbound on Friberg Avenue when a northbound vehicle attempting to turn onto Northern Avenue hit him. The 67-year-old driver of the car reportedly didn’t see Heikes, who was law abiding, according to police. The driver was cited.

Heikes was conscious at the scene and taken to Lake Region Healthcare. The helmet was reportedly cracked following the collision.

“The EMT there said the helmet probably saved me,” Heikes said.

Heikes is no stranger to helmet safety, with his local organization Helmets For Kids created to provide kids with bicycle helmets to prevent brain injuries.

“I give helmets to kids who need them,”
he said.

Heikes is a brain injury survivor and started
the program in 1999.

Finding Purpose — The Forward

Shortly after I became a Brain Injury Survivor this book started being written
in my mind. So many people who know what I have been through said that I should write a book. I want to thank them all for encouraging me to write it. I hope that someone can gain something by reading it. No matter how hopeless your situation may seem at this time “NEVER GIVE UP.” It’s amazing how something good can come out of something so bad. I hope that this book can benefit Brain Injury Survivors, their friends and families, as well as the professionals who work with Brain Injury Survivors. All events mentioned in this book are to the best of my recollection. It is not my intent to offend anyone, so I apologize if I do. If I seem to ramble from topic to topic, it is because that is the way us Brain Injury Survivors think. I intentionally and accidentally repeat things so that Brain Injury Survivors can follow along better.This may seem repetitious to those of you who are “able minded.” This book is written in short segments so Brain Injury Survivors can easily follow along. Writing this book was my 2005 Halloween resolution. I made a Halloween resolution because New Year’s resolutions seldom work. I became so busy during the summer of 2006 that I had to stop writing.I started writing again as my Thanksgiving resolution of 2006. I finished it 3 1/2 years later in April of 2009. Writing this book was good therapy for my impending mid-life crisis.

It helped me to realize what I have accomplished in my forty plus years of life, particularly in those years of my post brain injury life. Writing this book was a challenge for me. It was challenging because I could not always remember what I had written just minutes before. If I repeat myself in this book, well, that is what us Brain Injury Survivors do. I apologize to you able minded people for this. If this book is not grammatically correct, I apologize to my high school and college English instructors– Mr. Hansen and Mr. Peeders. I thought of having someone correct my grammatical errors, but I decided not to. This way it will appear as though I am telling you my story in person. I had thought of having someone help me to organize this book as well. I decided not to. Again, since it may ramble from topic to topic, it will seem as though I am telling you my story in person. This book was written from notes that I jotted during my 25 years of being a Brain Injury Survivor. Organizing them was difficult. The following is my best attempt at it.

To Purchase A Copy Of Finding Purpose

If you are interested in purchasing a book fill out this form and Mike will contact you to
take your book order.

Book available at Victor Lundeen’s, The Promise Shop, Lake Region Hospital Gift Shop and
Seip Drug in Battle Lake

To Have Mike Speak

Mike speaks in schools, churches, and organizations to tell everyone his story and how they can prevent a serious brain injury like his. If you are interested in having Mike speak you can contact him through this form. You can also let Mike know if you have any Helmets to Donate.

Thank You