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September 20, 2004

Checking in With Brandon's Champions

Last April I wrote about Brandon's Champions:

BRANDON'S CHAMPIONS was founded to honor 1 Wisconsin 13 year old, and to provide helmets with ID tags and promote bicycle safety....

The family and friends hope to reach thousands of children through speaking engagements of various sorts in local schools, and to effect changes in their community, and others, through speed limits, and the addition of bike routes, and lanes.

Ist Story.

The Website, and Blog, have changed a bit since then.

A check of the Blog finds these stories:

1. Numerous posts about Bike Rodeos in Wisconsin to raise money & spread the news about Helmet Use, and Riding Safety.

2. Auction a Success: On Saturday, June 26th the Ringle Brickyard Speedway, owned by Ed and Sandy Drews partnered with Brandon's Champions for a memorial event and auction.

Apparently this event raised over $2870. :-)

3. Aug. 14-- Secretary of Health and Human Sevices, Tommy Thompson:

"Recently Brandon's Champions got some very exciting news! Thanks to a letter drafted by a friend of our organization, Attorney Greg Stacker, our cause was brought to the attention of Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson."

The Secretary recorded three public service announcements, and this indicates that he joins Brandon's Champions in reminding children that they need to wear their helmets when biking and have the medical information carriers within the helmets.

Cool! :-)

4. July 24-- Ordering Medical Information Carriers:

This story talks about Medical Information Carriers (MICS) that are available from several resources, and how to order them.

5. This August 5th story is a cool one. :-)

Iowa Bike Ride:

"Joe Fochs (Brandon's father) rode more than 500 miles across the state of Iowa on his bicycle during the week of July 25-31 as a fundraiser for Brandon's Champions...

Approximately $2000 was raised for Brandon's Champions as a result of Joe's efforts."

This Blog doesn't use Blogger, MT, or other such systems, familiar to Bloggers, so may seem confusing, but don't let that distract you, and you will find the place interesting.

The Blog

The Main Website has links to several interesting stories, including:

"Don't go biking without helmet, identification"--Editorial: Don’t go biking without helmet, identification. ( Posted by Appleton Post-Crescent on May 18, 2004 ).

May 24-- Program stresses importance of IDs, helmets. By Michelle Kubitz of the Manitowoc Herald Times

The Website.

An excellent program, and a worthy cause, in the state of Wisconsin.

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