Back for VillageFest bike rodeo, Headstrong for Jake has distributed more than 10,000 bike helmets

Headstrong for Jake will be on hand at VillageFest, distributing free bike helmets to the first 350 kids who show up.
Headstrong for Jake will be on hand at VillageFest, distributing free bike helmets to the first 350 kids who show up.

Nine years after a bike accident led to the hospitalization of 15-year-old northeast Johnson County resident Jake Clough, the non-profit group that his family founded in his memory has now distributed more than 10,000 property fitted bike helmets to kids throughout the Kansas City area.

Headstrong for Jake will once again be on hand at tomorrow’s VillageFest celebrations, holding a bike rodeo for kids and distributing properly fitted helmets to the first 350 children to arrive between 10 a.m. and noon.

The Clough family founded Headstrong for Jake shortly after Jake passed away at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Jake’s death was the result of a medical error, and not the caused by the brain injury he suffered in the accident. His parents credit the bike helmet he was wearing with saving his life the day of the accident, and wanted to make sure local kids had access to helmets that fit correctly and worked.