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A Giveaway in Honor of my Sister

by Meghann on March 9, 2010

Today has been a day of mixed emotions, but I will get to that at the bottom of this post.

First I want to share my morning snack of Peanut Butte Pretzels.


Next, my lovely lunch.


A pita filled with hummus, avocado, olives, spinach, and cucumber.


Leftover rutabaga fries with ketchup.


An Anniversary of Awareness

Exactly one year ago today I received the one phone call no one ever wants to get – my sister had just been hit by a car on her bicycle and was being airlifted to a nearby trauma center.

Just thinking about that call and the panic in my Mom’s voice still sends shivers down my spine. I’m afraid that memory and the horrible feeling in my gut will never fade away.

A guardian angel was watching over my sister that day. Kelly walked out of the trauma center a couple of hours later with only minor cuts and bruises. However, the same could not be said for her helmet that was shattered into pieces.

In an instant this helmet saved my little sister’s life and without it who knows where she would be today. I have never been more thankful for 2 pieces of plastic and foam in all of my life.   

Please take a minute to remember my sister’s story next time you hop on your bicycle and remember to wear your helmet. That helmet saved someone I love’s life and it could save yours.

You can read about my accounts of that awful day here and Kelly’s story here.

In honor of the anniversary of my sister’s accident I will be giving away a Bell Adrenaline Helmet – the exact make and model of the one that saved my sister’s life.


To enter please leave a comment on this entry pledging to spread awareness of bicycle safety by always remembering to wear your helmet!

You have until noon tomorrow to enter. I will draw a random winner during my lunch post.

Life is precious, don’t forget to live every day to its fullest!

1 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle March 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I always wear my helmet, so glad your sister did too! I fell off my bike when I was 6, trying to show off, and cut open my lip and knocked out some teeth so that taught me!

2 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I remember that day so well. I remember it because you were on your way to a Britney Spears concert (and I was so jealous) and I knew it had to be serious. I was so relieved to hear she was okay. Bike crashes are no joke. Wear a helmet everyone!!

3 Tracey @ tropicalhappiness March 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Great giveaway! Bike helmet safety is SO SO SO SO SOOOO important. An old teacher of mine was actually paralyzed when he was hit by a car while riding his bike. Thanks for spreading the word!!!

4 Carolyn @ March 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I remember you posting this! SO scary! I’m glad everything turned out alright.

5 Lauren March 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I’m embarrassed to say I don’t have a helmet, and I ride my bike a lot, through a city. I definitely need to look into purchasing one.

6 Sarah March 9, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I think its crazy when people don’t wear helmets! Especially when I see a family and the kids are wearing them but mom and dad aren’t…drives me crazy!! But, I could use a new one…my old one doesn’t seem to fit anymore! So glad your sister is ok :o)

7 kathleennnn March 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Oh my goodness, God definitely was looking out for your sister. BIKE SAFETY IS SO IMPORTANT and I def pledge to ALWAYS wear a helmet!

8 Rachel Peterson March 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm

What a great way to honor your sister! I think a helmet is so important. I currently commute to school, 4 miles round trip on busy streets and I really need a replacement for my very old helmet (10 years old I think).

9 Kate March 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I read about your sisters accident just before I started to train for a triathlon myself. I ALWAYS wear my helmet, thank you for the reminder!

10 Courtney March 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm

This is such a wonderful giveaway. I think bike safety is so important. Thank you for creating an awareness for the rest of us!! I will try and do the same!

11 Christie @ Honoring Health March 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I remember that day, too. I am so glad your sister is OK.

12 Raya March 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I don’t bike ride much but when I do I always wear a helmet. My mom makes me even though I’m 27 years old. haha

13 susan March 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm

i’ve been thinking of getting a new bike…so this will be motivation!! i hope i win! 🙂

14 Andrea March 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I feel so bad that I have been riding my bike without a helmet up to this point. Thanks for this post! I will always remember to wear a helmet from now on.

15 Brittany March 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Helmets are a must!!!

16 Sara @ ActiveGal March 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm

My brother was hit on a bike as well! Luckily it doesn’t seem quite as bad as you sisters accidently, but he did dislocate his shoulder. It was a scary call to get! Bike safety is so important and really is something that should be addressed!

17 Darci March 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm

not only a great giveaway…but an IMPORTANT message!!!

18 Beth @ fatbustermack March 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm

As the wife of a professional triathlete, I have seen hundreds of scary bike accidents. Some including my husband. I keep seeing time and time again how that plastic keeps people moving and following their dreams. Thank you for posting about this really important subject. And if I win, I am giving the helmet to a friend that refuses to wear one!

19 kirsten March 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm

this is a really great giveaway. I remember your post from a year ago had me in tears. I will definitely always wear a helmet when i ride a bike.

20 Marisa (Loser for Life) March 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Thank you for that reminder. I often want to forego using my helmet when I bike at the beach in the summer. I guess I feel dorky in it or that it’s unnecessary. But, I am on the road and with people not paying attention these days or on their cell phones, you just never know. Better to be safe!

So glad your sister wore hers and escaped with minor injuries!

21 Paula March 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm

I told my husband just the other day that we HAVE to get helmets. We are so bad, and don’t have them! After reading this, I will make sure we get helmets. Thanks for the important reminder.

22 Brooke March 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm

It is so important to be safe while riding your bike. I really need to always wear a helmet when riding my bike. I don’t have a helmet right now and would love to win.

23 WendyF March 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Bike helmets save lives…your sister, a living testament to that.

24 JEAN March 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Wow, what a story! I just read all the links you posted, what an amazing story your sister has! I have been playing with the idea of buying a bike this spring to start biking for a new activity. I have given lots of thoughts to the bike, and NONE to the helmet.

Thank you so much for the information, and the kick in my butt to get a helmet.

Thanks for the chance to win one as well!!!!

25 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 9, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Thankfully she wore her helmet! I always wear a helmet while riding. I’ve always been afraid not to.

26 Britt @ Runnerbelle March 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm

A man in my area recently passed away from a head injury while biking, he had no helmet on. Definitely a big reminder to always wear one…. even when I’m just biking downtown for a quick errand.

I wasn’t reading your blog when your sister had her accident, how scary! So glad she had her helmet on!!

27 Stephanie @ See Stephanie Run March 9, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I am always remember your sister’s story when I put on my helmet and go for a bike ride. When I bought my bike in January I refused to leave the store without a helmet, and it was honestly because I remembered your post about her accident, and even mentioned it at the store.

I think this giveaway is wonderful, especially if it keeps just one more person safe and alive by wearing a helmet.

28 Lisa March 9, 2010 at 3:10 pm

What an awful experience for you all. She was incredibly lucky to survive that accident with just cuts and bruises!

29 Bernadette March 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Kudos to you for doing this Meghann!!!

I have always worn a helmet when riding and wouldn’t think of getting on my bike without it! In honor of Kelly I’d like to ask that you do not include me in the drawing for the helmet, since I already have one. By doing this it will give someone who does NOT have one a greater chance of winning it.

Thank you so much for doing this!!!


30 Allison R. March 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I’m going to bring my back to school once the weather gets nice, and I don’t have a helmet yet! (gasp!) This would be perfect!

31 Kerrie March 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm

That is incredible and I’m glad your sister is OK. I have a bike I ride more for leisure and I know I need a helmet even for that. This is my pledge to wear a helmet!

32 Sammi March 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I haven’t ridden a bike in forever! Doing spinning classes has been making me want to start riding outside though! I would definitely need to get a helmet before starting. My current helmet is probably 10 years old and most likely doesn’t fit anymore! This story makes me want to cry every time I read about what happened! I’m definitely pledging to always wear a helmet!

33 britchickruns March 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Wow, I never knew that happened! Knowing that makes it all the more amazing that she did the Disney marathon (and the whole being happy and well too!). Gosh, I’m so sorry you had to go through that 🙁
On the plus side (;P) – I just discovered PB nugget things, they’re amaze!!

34 gavrielski March 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm

What a harrowing story. I have been in your shoes twice before as my dad has been in two serious bike accidents and, not surprisingly, his helmet saved his live BOTH TIMES. I will not ride without one, and I hope of your lucky readers wears this beautiful new helmet with pride and the knowledge that it is essential!

35 Andrea March 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm

That is so scary! Glad to hear she’s okay. My friends are always pestering me about buying a helmet. I think about buying one a lot. I am going to stop thinking about it. Thanks for the post

36 Hannah March 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Helmets are serious business! Just like riding in a car with a seatbelt! Placing a post on my facebook and twitter now!

37 Beth March 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I work for a hospital that promotes bike safety and we give free helmets to kids all the time–I however, and adult, do not have a helmet and need one. I hope I get picked!

38 kristin March 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

so happy your sister is ok!!! helmets are just the same as seatbelts – everyone should be wearing them!

39 Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I will never get on a bike without a helmet… but your sister’s accident solidified that!

40 Janelle March 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I need to be better about wearing my helmet – especially now that I’m pulling my son in the bike trailor! I’m searching for one for him as well – must start him young!

41 Rose March 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Has it really been a year since this? My goodness. So thankful for this helmet!

42 NYCRunnerGirl March 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I have been reading your blog for awhile, and I remember this incident from a year ago. Just reading your post today gave me goosebumps! Thank God Kelly was wearing her helmet that day. I’ll never ride again without wearing one!

43 Amy March 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I’m glad your sister is ok! It’s amazing how when you read someone’s blog every day you feel like you know them. I remember that day well because I felt so horrified for you and your family. Great giveaway and great reminder!

44 The Linz March 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I’m sorry your family had to go through this tramatic experience, but glad that everything turned out alright. I appreciate that you are spreading awareness in this way, and hope that I can be one of the winners of the bike helmet. I will also do my work and spread the word of bike helmet safety.

45 megan March 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I agree that you should always wear a helmet! I get so nervous when i see people on bikes without them. I need a new one – I don’t think mine is completely safe anymore

46 Kyra March 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I always wear my helmet as does my son, even in the bike trailer behind me! I would like to win the helmet for my niece though! She loves to bike and does triathlons but she hates to wear her helmet when she is just riding her bike around her neigborhood, i’ve caught her several times. While she loves its color she claims the chin strap bothers her so she opts to not wear it instead. Therefore, my hope is this helmet is comfier and hopefully the story along with it will make her wear it! Thanks!

47 Krista March 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I really can’t believe it’s already been a year. I remember reading your post and being horrified!

48 julia March 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Such an amazing story! Part of the reason I never ride my bike is because I don’t have a bike helmet! If I do ride, I borrow my mom’s, but I would love to have my own.

49 Eating Abroad March 9, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Thank you for sharing this story with us…. hopefully this post will change someone’s habits and keep them safe. I love that in Germany there is a helmet wearing law for children. I just wish they would extend the same law to adults too.

50 jamie March 9, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I could definitely use a new helmet — i know youre supposed to update them every so often. I’m glad your sister ended up ok last year!

51 Christy March 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm

So glad your sister was ok. What a great thing to promote, especially since I have had my fair share of bike crashes as well. My helmet has seen a lot and I am probably due for a new one. Thank you for this giveaway!

52 samantha March 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm

i just bought my first bike but will NOT ride until until i have a helmet! this is such an important message.

53 missyrayn March 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm

No matter how dorky Hunni and I may feel in our helmets we always wear them just in case something were to happen. I’ve bumped my head one to many times already without an accident.

54 Jul March 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I commute to work on bike, and could really use a new bike helmet! (The secondhand one I wear has definitely seen its better days).

Glad your sister is okay!

55 Andrea of Care to Eat March 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Portland has a huge biking community – more than anywhere else in the U.S. But, I am constantly amazed at how many people don’t ride with a helmet. It is so, so stupid.
Best wishes to your sister 🙂

56 Sophie March 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm

What an amazing story, and such a thoughtful giveaway! I am so glad you still have your sister with you today.

57 Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm

That is so scary, just shows how IMPORTANT a helmet is! I hate when i see people riding without one.

58 Katherine March 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Thanks for being such a great advocate for helmet use, Meghann. The importance of always wearing one should never be underestimated.

I am excited to say that I just got a new bike AND a new helmet I live in NY, so the weather/streets are just about nice enough to start riding again! Woohoo

I was wondering if you had any thoughts about this: The new helmet that I bought cost about $22.00 and my parents keep saying that it was too inexpensive to be safe. I got it at the sporting goods store, Modell’s. It fits well and is comfortable. Do you know if there is a degree of safety with helmets, or if it’s even legal to sell an unsafe one? In my opinion, I just got a great deal on a great helmet.

59 Missy Maintains March 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I remember this post a year ago. So scary. I plan to start bike riding and rollerblading now that it is warm so I will always be wearing a helmet!

60 Sarah March 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I still cannot get over the tire marks on your sister. So thankful!

61 Yasmin March 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I can’t believe it’s been one year already. My thoughts are with you and your family.

62 Tracey March 9, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Thank god you sister made it through that okay. I will always think about her story when getting on a bike.

63 Becky March 9, 2010 at 3:58 pm

I went on a bike ride on Sunday. It was my first since reading about your sister’s story on your blog last year. My husband (boyfriend at the time) and I bought bikes in the early fall and rode them a few times (helmetless) before the winter weather made us unable to ride. Then I read your sister’s story and told him that we weren’t allowed to ride our bikes until we got helmets. Out of laziness, we didn’t get them, and therefore didn’t ride our bikes last year! We have them now, and will always use them while riding!

64 Heather March 9, 2010 at 4:01 pm

your sister’s story is incredibly touching…i will definitely do what i can to promote this, especially since I live in an area where so many people ride their bikes everywhere!

65 Sheri March 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I remember when you posted this. It was just so scary. My husband and I are big bike riders and ALWAYS…ALWAYS wear our helmets! The message is so important!

66 Yolanda Lowmaster March 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Thank you for sharing this story. I am thankful your Sister came out fine…and working to save lives! I will make it my Mission to share this story!


Bobbi’s Aunt Yo)

67 finnyfinds March 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Sorry to hear this sad (but happy ending) story. Now its really common to see people wearing helmets while skiing – thank goodness! I’m glad there is such awareness about the importance of keeping our heads safe!

68 Emily March 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Thank you for turning her story into a message for action! Its brave of you, adn thank God your sister was so smart. I remembered this story when I went on a ride today.

69 Molly @thevegandorm March 9, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I always wear a helmet biking – wish I could say the same for horseback riding, but I should make that change!

70 Paige March 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I always spread the word about helmet safety. There is a big biking community where I live, and several people have been hit and killed in the last few years. Sad and Scary!

71 Amber from Girl with the Red Hair March 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm

After seeing your tweets about it this morning I searched your archives for the story about your sister. How amazingly lucky that she walked out of that with barely a scratch!

Such an important reminder of how CRUCIAL it is to wear a helmet when biking!

Great giveaway!

72 katecooks March 9, 2010 at 4:20 pm

i just got a new bike for my birthday and a helmet is actually on my list. thanks for the reminder WHY it’s on my list and needs to be purchased asap!

73 Erin March 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Last year I was also hit by a car while riding my bike. I ended up walking away with nothing but a sprained ankle and a rush of relief thank goodness but ever since then I have vowed to wear my helmet while riding my bike.

74 Laura March 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I want to start riding bikes with my boyfriend now that the weather is getting nice, I need to get protected!

75 Amy March 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I just moved to a city full of bikers- and I havent got a bike yet but will definitely wear my helmet when i do!

76 Karissa @ CardioFoodie March 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I had a really bad bike incident as a kid and was not wearing a helmet. Now, I always put safety first and tell others to do the same.

77 Briana March 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm

There is a law in Ontario that all children must wear a helmet while riding a bike – which is great, but I think it should be the law for adults, too. Thanks for sharing your sister’s story!

78 Dynamics March 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm

My daughter bought a bike from a bike shop and the man refused to sell her the bike if she did not buy a helmet. Smart man. He also sold her a bike lock so she could ride her bike to work. This store has been in business for over 40 years!!

79 Vaala March 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm

My brother was also hit by a car on his way to school one day (many years ago now but it’s not something you forget). Again, a helmet saved his life. In New Zealand it is compulsory to wear a helmet when biking but it seems to have lapsed a little bit as I see more and more people not wearing them (generally the ones doing stupid things on the roads which seems ironic). I wouldn’t dream of hoping on my bike without my helmet.

80 'laina March 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I definitely pledge to spread awareness of bicycle safety- I have 6 kids who enjoy skateboarding, bicycling, etc… and I can’t even begin to imagine what that call must be like. I hope your sister is still ok!

81 Nikki T March 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Wow, I can’t imagine getting a phone call like that about my little sister- thank goodness for that helmet and that guardian angel.
I don’t bike ride much, but have been thinking more about it lately as I throw around the idea of possibly training for a triathlon…in this case, I definately need to invest in a helmet!

82 Bree@beeskneeslife March 9, 2010 at 4:43 pm

What a great way to honor your sister’s story – and thanks for sharing. I avoided riding my bike as much as I wanted to last summer because I don’t have a helmet. It is on my must-buy list this year before I hit the streets. It seems like such an insignificant thing – helmets being so lightweight usually, but the plastic and foam save lives!

83 Kat March 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I really hate to admit this, but I actually don’t even own a helmet. I used to ride my bike in college all the time and never even thought twice about. I remember reading the story about your sister and I am proud to say that I have not rode a bike helmetless since. I agree that this is a very important issue and I don’t think its taken seriously enough. Thank you so much fore sharing!

84 Melissa March 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I will definitely always wear a helmet when out riding my bike.

85 eatingRD March 9, 2010 at 4:46 pm

so very scary, I always worry about that when Chris and I go out for a ride. He actually just had a pretty bad spill, but not from a car thank goodness. He recently upgraded his helmet to a better lazer model and it’s a good thing because he banged his head pretty hard. I recently made the switch too because it’s so worth it, you just never know. You don’t have to add me to the giveaway, since I already have a helmet, but I just wanted to comment 🙂

86 Steel Springs March 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm

This is not only a wonderful, practical giveaway, but it’s an incredibly touching way to honor your sister. The picture you posted of her helmet really drives home the importance of always wearing a helmet. I pledge to always wear a helmet and to spread the message to those that I love. Thanks for this giveaway and the important reminder.

87 culturalcravings March 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm

I actually thought about helmet safety this weekend. I went biking on the boardwalk, and out of everyone else biking ( including little children) I was the only one to be wearing a helmet.

I wish everyone realized how important they are.

88 rollerkoesterrun March 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I can only imagine how horrible that news must have been. Thank God she was okay. Bless your heart for this special giveaway!

I never really bike, but I promise that if I ever take it up a helmet will be purchased before a bike! 🙂


89 Allison March 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I always wear my helmet! I went on a 21 mile bike ride this past weekend and I made sure I didn’t forget it. I am so glad your sister was okay after her accident, and that she has been able to go on and do such great things!

90 Karen w March 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm

That is too sweet! Glad everything turned out great for her!

91 Jen March 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Wow this is perfect timing! I’m just getting ready to start prepping for the Trek for Tomorrow and I need a new helmet!! I’d love to win this!

92 Bev March 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I was hit by a car…many moons ago (before the helmets were even available. I spent over a year, under doctors care, getting over that incident. I highly recommend wearing a helmet – for any activity that it can protect your ‘pumpkin head’

93 Sarah March 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm

You’re a sweet sister! Thank God everything turned out ok. It’s so important to be safe and wear the proper equipment before you engage in any activity. Love this giveaway!

94 Rachel S March 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I remember reading about that day….it’s amazing how important it is to wear a helmet, yet so often people think “it won’t happen to me” and won’t wear one.

95 caronae March 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I don’t have a great helmet, so I’d love a new one, but I always wear it and always encourage others to do the same!

96 Cali March 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I always use a helmet – it’s so dangerous not to! Especially if you ride in a big city like I do! (Toronto)

97 Amanda March 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I actually do not own a helmet (terrible I know) My bike doesn’t make it out of the garage too often because of my fear of crashing without a helmet.

98 lizz (leadingthegoodlife) March 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm

What a great give-away! This is such an important message to spread. It makes my skin crawl to hear people say they don’t wear a helmet because it makes them look silly…how ridiculous! (I make sure to tell them so.)

99 Amy March 9, 2010 at 5:41 pm

What a great giveaway! Its so important that people use helmets… I lost a friend in elementary school to a bike accident.

100 JW March 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I remember when you and your sister both blogged about the accident. I believe you in that an angel was watching your sister Kelly that day. I ride a bike occasionally, but I don’t have a helment! I would love to win one because its always better to be safe than sorry!

101 Elise A. March 9, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I always wear a helmet when I bike. What a poignant reminder that I’m making a good choice.

102 Jaala March 9, 2010 at 5:54 pm

What an amazing giveaway! My friend was hit by a car on his bike 2 years ago, and like your sister his helmet saved his life! I’m glad to hear everything turned out ok for Kelly. Love the Bell Adrenaline Helmet – great choice.

103 Annie March 9, 2010 at 5:56 pm

That is truly an incredible story, and it just reaffirms how essential it is to wear a helmet!

104 postcollegecook March 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Whenever my husband refuses to wear a helmet while biking I tell him this story. There is absolutely NO reason not to wear a bike helmet!

105 Erin March 9, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Some times I wish I didn’t have to wear a helmet but then I think of things like this and wear one anyways.

106 jess March 9, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I want to get into biking this spring, as the weather finally warms up here in CT. I would NEED a helmet though, and this sounds like one you can trust! Thanks for sharing Kelly’s story.

107 Katie C March 9, 2010 at 6:29 pm

What a great ending to a scary incident….I live right next to a 50+ mile bike trail that winds all over the city, so a helmet would be helpful!

108 Carrie H March 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I love my road bike for exercise and long rides, but I live in a small town and sometimes ride my good ole’ red Schwinn downtown to go out with my friends in the summer for a drink or two. I ALWAYS wear my helmet and I am also always one of the only kids at the bar with a helmet. Oh, well, I figure I need it more then!

109 Emily March 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm

I used to groan every time my dad would make me wear my helmet… I was jealous my friends could get away without one! Now, though, I am so thankful he helped me make it a habit. I don’t think twice before putting my helmet on!

110 Jessica March 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm

My goal for this spring is to start to bike (when I go home over Easter I’m bringing my old bike back with me), so this couldn’t come as a better time as I don’t yet have a helmet. Whether or not I do win the giveaway, I will NEVER ride without a helmet – I vowed to after reading about your sister the first time.

111 Valerie March 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I remember that post, so scary. This one made me tear up! Helmets save lives, this is just another example of that.

112 allisonisactive March 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Wow, what a scary time for your family! I should be better about bike helmets- the Husband and I bought beach cruisers for bumming around our neighborhood a while back. We often ride to run errands or go out to eat. We live in a downtown neighborhood and really, really should wear helmets.

I pledge to hit the bike store this weekend and purchase helmets for both of us! I’m going to tell the Husband about this as soon as he gets off the phone! 🙂

113 tramey1 March 9, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I honestly do not wear my helmet like I should, and it is things like this that really make it “click” for me to be way more careful. You are so right, life is too precious!!!

114 AprilBRuns March 9, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I just want to thank you for putting this message out there. I cringe when I see bicyclists without helmets and also drivers who are oblivious to bikers. Awareness is so important. I’m so glad that Kelly is doing great after this – I can’t imagine receiving that call.

By the way, I don’t want to win the helmet – I already have one, so I’m the random winner – pick someone else who may need it. Thanks, Meghann!

115 Jessi March 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Wow, I don’t even know what to say. I’ve only been subscribed to your blog for a couple weeks now, so I didn’t know anything about that. What a powerful way to pass on the message to others and hopefully they heed your warning. You guys are all so lucky that she was smart enough to wear her helmet and be able to walk away okay from an accident like that.

I’m not a biker myself, so if I were to win, this would be passed directly to my younger sister who still doesn’t alway wear a helmet and scares me to death. Maybe a new one, attached with the story behind your giveaway, will remind her to wear it more often. 🙁

116 Wendy March 9, 2010 at 7:21 pm

If fact my friend a few years ago was also saved by her helmet when she was riding her bike on a rainy day. I will definitely remember this precious story and spread the word

117 Theresa March 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Wow this story gave me chills. I am so happy to hear that your sister is OK. I have never understand why people don’t wear helmets, it really is worth it. My Dad is a rock climber and a piece of his equipment broke once and he fell hitting his head on a rock below. Thankfully he had his helmet on and continues to wear it always! We must be a helmet family because when I was little I used to wear mine everywhere…on my bike or in the yard. We have a photo of me in the yard picking strawberries with it on! I pledge to help spread awareness about the importance of wearing a helmet for biking, climbing and other sports!

118 Nikee March 9, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I am so glad your sister your sister wore a helmet and is okay!
Wearing a helmet is vital. My kids will complain and say that they are not comfortable but this is one rule that I will never let slide…

119 Erin K March 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I always wear a helmet when riding a bike. I always get frustrated when I see people without helmets on our local river trail. Just because there aren’t any cars, it doesn’t mean there is no chance of an accident happening resulting in a cyclist crashing and hitting their head. There was also a little girl on the trail with no helmet (her mom was running ahead of her). I really should have been that annoying and rude person to stop and tell her mom that she should be wearing a helmet.

I’m happy to hear that your sister was okay. That must have been very scary for her and your family.

Please wear your helmets!!

120 Tiffany March 9, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I remember when that happened — I was so worried for your sister, but so glad that she was okay. I ALWAYS wear my helmet! And I hope everyone who sees me riding does the same and never thinks they’re “too cool” to wear one.

121 Runeatrepeat March 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm

I have told so many people about Kelly’s accident – and will continue to do so.
It’s amazing that she walked away from that – she has an amazing angel watching over her 🙂

122 Dani March 9, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I cross my heart hope to die, stick a needle in my eye to spread awareness about helmet safety!

123 marcela March 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I don’t have a helmet, so I stay off my bike and I really, really want to ride my bike, I just keep putting it off, yikes! so this would be great! Thanks for sharing Kelly’s story.

124 theprocessofhealing March 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I remember the day as well, nothing like YOU ofcourse but I was reading Caitlin’s blog at the time and read about it. Such a miracle that Kelly was ok… thank God she was wearing the helmet! And I absolutely will always, always wear a helmet.

125 Heather ODonnell March 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I never ride without a helmet, but we only have one so my husband often goes without. My son even wears his when he rides his bike in the basement.

126 Ellen March 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm

i reallyyyy need a new helmet. what a story! glad you can share this experience with others. you will make a difference!

127 Tyly March 9, 2010 at 8:24 pm

What a wonderful thing to do, Meghann. You could be saving someone’s life with this giveaway! Thank you, and I will always wear a helmet when I ride, and I will tell others to do so as well.

128 Melinda H. March 9, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I remember first reading about this months ago on when your sister was still blogging (miss her blog by the way!). It is truly an amazing story and she is an inspiration to me to not only wear a helmet but encourage all of those I know and love to as well.


129 jenngirl March 9, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I remember reading that post, and being so thankful for your sister and your family that she was okay. Safety doing outdoor activities can be something that is so easy to forget, I will definitely do my part in spreading awareness!

130 Nicole March 9, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I’m a bike commuter and I hate to admit that I sometimes forget my helmet. I do really need to get serious about my own safety. Thank you for reminding me!

131 Diana March 9, 2010 at 9:13 pm

I live on a college campus where everyone bikes, and it frightens me too see that not many people (almost no one) wear helmets. This is important, especially when there are so many bikes and opportunities for crashes!

132 Carolyn C. March 9, 2010 at 9:15 pm

My husband also had a horrific biking accident last September, and we believe his helmet saved him from certain brain injuries (hit concrete head first!). I agree, Life is short; seize every moment! Thank you!!

133 dianacheung March 9, 2010 at 9:34 pm

it still gives me chills reading the post. THANK GOD for everyone who’s lives were saved by a helmet. THANK GOD.

134 Annie March 9, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I will ALWAYS wear a bike helmet!

135 Catherine March 9, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I always wear my helmet because my mom was in a similar accident long before I was born when she was pregnant with my older sis and riding her bike – thank goodness both turned out ok!

136 Nadine March 9, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I was also hit by a car when I was riding my bike almost 12 years ago when I was in 6th grade. A lady who barely spoke english ran a stop sign and hit me when I was crossing in front of a neighborhood. Although I was in fact wearing a helmet, I never got hit in the head…but I did have a very bad broken nose. I WILL always wear a helmet riding a bike after that incident, although currently I don’t even own a helmet. So it would be awesome if I won this!

137 Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 9, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I believe in helmets 150%! I won’t even ride down the street without one. I have also been known to pull up people who are riding without one and tell them to put one on! It makes me so so angry when I see them riding without a helmet >:(

138 Lauren @ A Fit Foodie March 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I used to not wear my helmet when I biked but when I fell off my bike last July, I decided that after falling and people hounding me that I would start wearing it. I realized that it’s just stupid not to so now I’m a huge helmet advocate and your sister’s story just proves the necessity to wear one as well!!

139 marie March 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I absolutely pledge to spread the gospel of bike safety, and I always wear my helmet while cycling outside.

140 Carolyn March 9, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I used to read Kelly’s blog and definitely remember her telling the story. I would have entered this giveaway a month ago, because I’d been bad about not getting a bike helmet. But someone stole my bike! 🙁

Anyway, definitely a sobering post but a great idea for a giveaway.

141 Laura S March 9, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I always wear my helmet and chastise those who ride with me without a helmet on! You can never be too safe!!

142 Jenna March 9, 2010 at 10:32 pm

great giveaway!!

143 Emily C. March 9, 2010 at 10:34 pm

My 3-year-old son had gotten a brand new bike helmet and was so excited about wearing it that he wore it every day for about a week. He ended up falling and hitting the front of his head on a tire rim while he was wearing it. I cannot even imagine what that would have been if he wasn’t wearing his helmet. I don’t make my kids wear them every or anything 🙂 but sometimes they come in handy even when you’re not on a bike!

144 J March 9, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Wow. Amazing story. I pledge to spread the word. I think it is a very important message.

145 Emilyeatsclean March 9, 2010 at 11:16 pm

WOW…..I hadn’t heard the story of your sister before!! So thankful that she was so fortunate to walk away with only minimal injuries!! As a bike rider myself, I know the importance of a bike helment!!! I’ve taken a couple of spills, only minor ones thankfully, but am always sooo glad that I was wearing my helment! Great giveaway Meghann and definitely for a great cause!!


146 Laura March 9, 2010 at 11:25 pm

im down 🙂

147 Anica March 9, 2010 at 11:58 pm

My roommate rides a bicycle in the summer in Chicago, and I will definitely remind her to wear a helmet when she rides her bike!!!!

148 Susan March 10, 2010 at 12:12 am

I always wear my helmet when I ride, I would not feel comfortable without it. After hearing your sister’s story, I will be sure to remind all of my bikers buddies to always wear their helmets; even if they are just going out for a short ride.

149 Grace March 10, 2010 at 12:25 am

Believe it or not I really could use a new helmet. I’ve lost mine and have adopted my Dad’s helmet which doesn’t really fit my head well. Helmets are important!!!

150 Kaitlin March 10, 2010 at 1:47 am

I’m from Bellingham, WA and our motto here is “welcome to bellingham, now get are your bike”. You look pretty stupid not wearing a helmet here and I’ll be sure to point that out, if I see anyone not wearing one.

151 Ilene March 10, 2010 at 2:49 am

I always have and always will wear my helmet

152 Roya March 10, 2010 at 7:04 am

Your sister’s story is inspiring. Helmets are so so important! Safety first!

153 Sarah March 10, 2010 at 9:10 am

I was so touched by your story! I am so glad to hear that your sister was okay and had the foresight to wear a helmet.

In Nova Scotia, Canada where I live wearing a helmet is law (since 1997) so it’s rare to see bikers without them. My parents made me wear them long before it was law. Two of my sisters are doc’s (and 15 years older than me) I know that they saw a lot of consequences of non-helmet use and impressed upon my parents the importance of wearing them.

I applaud your give-away and public-service announcement on such a smart preventative measure.

154 Lori March 10, 2010 at 9:21 am

Bell is a great company too. My daughters helmet cracked (we have no idea how!), we took it back to the bike shop we got it at and they gave us a brand new one. Bell stands behind their products!

155 Karla March 10, 2010 at 9:28 am

I just purchased a bike and since your post last year, after the accident, I knew having a helmet is essential. I am doing my “research” to find a great helmet. So, this post came at a great time.

156 bootcampphilly March 10, 2010 at 10:29 am

That post left me in tears. Your sister was so lucky to be ok. This is an awesome giveaway your are doing!!!!

I always tell everyone how important helmets are, yet I do not have one yet! I will have to check out this brand!!

157 joy March 10, 2010 at 11:05 am

what a great sister you are! And I am a HUGE proponent of helmets!

158 Emily Irwin March 10, 2010 at 11:35 am

i have been wanting to get a helmet…thanks for the chance (i’ll still buy one if i dont win!)

159 Janessa March 10, 2010 at 11:48 am

I always make my kids wear there helmets, but I’m much worse at actually wearing one myself….

160 Melynda March 10, 2010 at 11:48 am

Great idea for a giveaway- count me in!

161 Julia March 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I knew a guy in college who was hit while riding his bike, he ended up with facial reconstruction and mended limbs, but his helmet saved his skull at least. It always makes me nervous passing bicyclists on the road, and I’m always glad when they have appropriate protection. Thanks for spreading this message!

162 Agnes March 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I sit in a bus each day, but my little sister could really use this! She doesn’t have an helmet yet

163 LaurenS March 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm

We are a car free family and we all wear helmets every time we get on our bikes. I guess the best way to spread the word is to set a good example. You will never see me or any family member riding a bike without a helmet. Okay, well, there was one time I did it, but it was because some low life stole our helmets. So now we lock our helmets with our bikes. Always lock your helmets when locking your bike to ensure you have a helmet to put on when you return.

164 Elaine, clothed much March 10, 2010 at 12:49 pm

That is such a beautiful story. I wish people knew about bicycle safety more!! And I always wear a helmet – even if some people in my city think it’s lame and “not cool”.

165 christine March 10, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I ALWAYS make sure my kids wear a helmet, but I’m not so good about it myself. What an important message to send out there! So glad your sis is OK!!!

166 Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) March 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I ALWAYS and will ALWAYS wear a helmet and continue encouraging others to do so! Don’t know if it’s too late to enter, but I just wanted to make that pledge. So thankful Kelly is okay today!! I can’t imagine how scary that was for you. Thank you for encouraging others to use helmets and stay safe!

167 Melissa Haas March 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Wow, thank you for sharing your story, I will remember, and always encourage other to do the same.

168 Heather March 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm

My sis is in a triathlon and I want this for her.

169 jullee March 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Such a great ending to a terrible story. I pledge to always wear a helmet..I must admit I have been negligent in doing so in the past. But now that I have kids I need to be more careful as to what I teach them.

Yummy looking lunch..I’ll have to try that.

170 Glenda Silva March 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Im soo glad that your sister was fine!!! My son rides his bike and I never thought of a helment since he is ony 4 and rides w/ training wheels in our yard but now Ill have to get him one soon!

171 angela March 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm

my kids already know it’s a must if they are on wheels! great giveaway.

172 Ann March 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm

That picture says more than a 1000 words. Great give away

173 Megan March 10, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Thank you so much for this post and to remind us all about be safe first. Many times I think about riding my bike without my helmet for very selfish reasons when really the most selfish reason should be to take care of yourself. I’m sending this post to all of my fellow bikers. Thank you!!

174 Ann March 11, 2010 at 12:26 am

What an amazing story…. I am a firm believer and wish I could purchase helmets for all my nieces and nephews. I will share this story!!

175 Winona H. March 12, 2010 at 3:23 am

Yeah…amazin thanks for sharing.

176 Anna March 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I am a huge advocate of helmets, and like to think that I got my boyfriend to starting wearing them when he bikes all over Chicago!

177 Carlyn March 16, 2010 at 12:06 am

I know its a bit late to comment, but I too was hit by a car whilst riding my bike, if it weren’t for my helmet (which looked similar to your picture) then I probably wouldn’t be here right now. WEAR YOUR HELMETS PEOPLE!!

178 Nicki April 13, 2010 at 7:15 am

It isn’t just cars. My ex went over his handlebars due to a pothole. Cracked his helmet. Four weeks later a blood clot. The dr is sure, without the helmet, he would not have made it through the pothole incident.

I always wear a helmet!

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