Saturday’s annual VillageFest celebration will mark a big milestone for the area’s biggest advocate of bicycle safety for kids.
Headstrong for Jake will celebrate 10 years of hosting its bike safety training sessions and free helmet distribution at the annual Fourth of July event on the Prairie Village Municipal Grounds.
The organization was founded by the Clough family of Fairway shortly after the death of their son Jake, who was injured in a bike accident in February 2005. The bike helmet Jake was wearing that day saved his life. But a medical error during Jake’s recovery led to his death in March 2005. Since his death, his family has worked to spread the word that bike helmets work and save lives, and ensure that every area kid who needs one has access to a bike helmet.
Headstrong for Jake will be distributing 350 properly fitted bike helmets to kids on a first-come first-served basis at VillageFest. Volunteers will be on hand from 10 a.m. to noon hosting bike safety sessions and distributing the helmets.
Since the organization was founded, Headstrong for Jake has distributed more than 11,000 properly fitted helmets to Kansas City area kids.