BIAU PARTNERS WITH CROSS COUNTRY TBI BICYCLIST TO EDUCATE UTAH KIDS ABOUT BRAIN INJURY PREVENTION

Contact: George Gehling
Phone: (801)716-4993
george@biau.org

Friday, May 29, 2015 Murray, Utah – Dan Mollino is one of 5.3 million Americans who are currently living with a traumatic brain injury.  After years of recovery after his TBI, his love of cycling has prompted him to start a 3,650 mile journey across the country to help raise awareness about brain injury, and most importantly its prevention. In March he started cycling from his home in New Jersey, with his sights set on California. He will be riding through Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 and partnering with the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah to help educate Utah kids on the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet, especially since summer break is just around the corner. George Gehling, BIAU’s Executive Director emphasizes, “With summer fast approaching, more and more people will be riding their bikes out and about, it makes it more important that we use bike helmets.”

87% of people killed nationally in a bicycle accident in the past twenty years were NOT wearing a helmet, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
In Utah, bike accidents are the third leading cause of traumatic brain injury resulting in over 1,400 hospital visits or deaths per year.
Consumer Reports just released a new study confirming what the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah has been saying for years, that wearing a helmet while riding your bicycle will protect your brain, and most likely save your life, in the event of an accident or fall.

Event Information: Dan Mollino, TBI survivor and cross country cyclist, and the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah present, “HeadSmart” to the Sprucewood Elementary School’s 3rd Grade.
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Sprucewood Elementary School, 12025 S. 1000 East Sandy, UT 84094
Details: Media personnel are invited to join Dan and BIAU at Sprucewood Elementary in bringing awareness about brain injury, and its prevention. Dan will be available for an interview before or after the presentation.
The Brain Injury Alliance of Utah, BIAU, a non-profit community organization in Murray, Utah, serves Utah Residents who have been affected by a brain injury by providing resources, education and a shared community connection. BIAU also works in conjunction with industry professionals such as case managers, physicians and therapists with their online forum and with their library of information. For interviews or more information please call (801)716-4993 or visit our website at www.biau.org.
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Resources:
Consumer Reports Story:
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/06/best-bike-helmet-for-you/index.htm
Dan Mollino Story: 
http://www.tbitovictory.com/
Brain Injury Alliance of Utah:
http://www.biau.org