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 Brain Injury Survivor himself and five-time cross-country bicyclist. Since the program was started in 1999, Mike has fitted and given away over 10,000 bicycle helmets to kids all across the country – most of them in Minnesota and North Dakota. Mike also speaks in schools, churches and organizations to tell everyone his story and how they can prevent a serious brain injury like his.
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,”
Heikes is a brain injury survivor and started
the program in 1999.