TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Students at several Tupelo schools received free bicycle helmets today and Liria Frerer was a driving force in getting the helmets to the area.
"Three years ago my son John Paul Frerer was killed on the road while cycling and ever since then to deal with our grief we have tried to do helmets and I had to contact Allison Lowther who works for the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation and she was telling me she comes to the cities and gives out helmets free. So I was excited and I asked her to come and so, that is what we are doing for all kids here K through Second grade here in Tupelo," said Frerer.
According to Allison Lowther who works for the Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund and program coordinator, falls continue to be the second cause of brain injuries in the state. Which is why she gives out free helmets in hope of preventing further brain injuries.
"We like to get them at a younger age and get them use to wearing that helmet so they will not know anything different, that from now on when they ride that bicycle or scooter or whatever, they know to put that helmet on," said Lowther.
Member of the group handing out the helmets say this week is important since its National Bicycle Week, but Lowther says she travels the state all year long teaching students about the importance of bicycle safety.
"A lot of people want to get me in the month of May because there area a lot of activities going on such as Bicycle Week but it is also almost summer break and we know that these kids are going to be out buying their bicycle, so we want to make sure that everyone has access to these helmets," said Lowther.