4/5/2014 5:55 PM
by Rachael Cardin
MOUNT HOPE - The Brain Injury Group (BIG) of West Virginia handed out free bicycle helmets to children on Saturday in hopes that they'll use them this summer.
The Crossroads Mall in Beckley brought plenty of foot traffic to a booth for Brain Injury Awareness. BIG said this is their 2nd year reminding residents about the importance of protecting their heads. In West Virginia alone, more than 3,500 people were registered with brain injuries in just the last 3 years. To decrease this statistic, organizers hope children and parents will learn more about this injury. Raleigh County Delegate Lynne Arvon was one of the many handing out helmets. She discussed the potential of laws to increase assistance for people suffering from brain injuries.
“They need a lot of help in transitioning back into society and that's what we want to try and help them do. We want to try to have a rehab center just for them that focuses on helping them be able to function in society again and have as near normal lives as possible,” said Arvon.
100 helmets were donated by the law office of Stephen New, who made the same donation last year.