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September-October 2003 Newsletter

LBC to Sponsor Brain Injury Walkathon


Solidifying its partnership with the Brain Injury Association of Kentucky (BIAK), the Louisville Bicycle Club will be a sponsor of the “RiverWalk for Brain Injury Awareness” to be held at Louisville’s Thurman-Hutchins Park on Saturday, September 27, 2003. The annual walkathon, which begins at 10:00 a.m., helps put a face on brain injury in the community and generate funds for the ongoing work of BIAK.

Anyone can participate in the one-mile walk simply by collecting donations from family, friends, co-workers or others. All donations are turned in on the morning of the event. Participants who collect $35 or more receive a t-shirt and are eligible for door prizes. Proceeds benefit BIAK, the only non-profit organization in Kentucky dedicated solely to helping those affected by brain injury through advocacy, education, prevention, research, services and support.

In 2000, the Louisville Bicycle Club began donating a portion of the proceeds from its popular Old Kentucky Home Tour and arranging for the donation of a custom bicycle to be raffled for the benefit of BIAK. As a result, BIAK has received more than $11,000 over the last three years.

“We’ve been delighted by the LBC’s support,” said Scott Furkin, BIAK Executive Director. “We have a mutual interest in promoting bicycle safety and injury prevention, particularly the use of helmets. We’ve been able to expand our helmet giveaways because of club members’generosity.”

The efforts seem to be working. Furkin pointed to a letter from an 11-year-old girl who received a helmet during a BIAK-sponsored bicycle safety program at a school in Franklin, Kentucky. Her mother required her to wear the helmet each time she rode and she soon had an accident in which she vaulted over the handlebars, striking her head on pavement. “I got scarred up pretty bad and my helmet got scratched up on the front,” she wrote. “My helmet just might have saved my life. I know it saved my head.”

For more information about BIAK or brain injury, visit www.braincenter.org.


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