Jennifer Lees, assistant director of Patient Services, MMCSC Emergency
Department, helps properly fit children with new helmets.
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Thanks to a collaborative community effort, 60 local underserved children
from Kensho Dojo, a karate school in Lakewood, recently took home their
very own bicycles and properly fitted helmets, along with tips on bicycle
safety, as part of a Safe Kids NJ Helmet Fitting event held at The Center
for Healthy Living at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus.
The event was made possible thanks to the effort of several organizations
and businesses. Bob Goldschlag, lead instructor at Kensho Dojo, identified
children who needed helmets and bicyles, and organized a community bicycle
drive. Minor bicycle repairs were performed on-site at the event at no
charge by Sean McGregor, owner of the Bicycle Hub of Marlboro and helmets
were purchased with a grant from Safe Kids NJ and the NJ Division of Highway
At the start of the event, Joanna Boyd, a representative from the Brain
Injury Alliance of New Jersey, educated children and their parents on
the importance of wearing a helmet, and how helmets can save lives. Then
Boyd, along with Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus nurses and Emergency
Department staff properly fitted each child with a new helmet.
Lakewood Mayor Menashe Miller, Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein and members
of the Lakewood Police Department attended the event to show their support
for bicycle safety and the overall event.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, only 48 percent
of children ages 5-14 wear bicycle helmets.
“We’re proud to partner with local community organizations
and businesses to bring some joy to children and help keep children safe
by educating children and their parents about the importance of helmet
use and bicycle safety,” said Jean McKinney, regional director of
Community Health Education, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical
Center, Southern Campus.