As I write this, Casey is in a trauma unit fighting for his life. We are constantly praying that he will recover, that he will be able to go home and play on the floor with his children and spin music while my neice does her toddler dance behind him.
Please, before you give your children four-wheelers or any motorized vehicle, research the saftey issues surrounding them. The smallest dip in the terrain can cause them to flip or roll. Even experienced riders and adults can find themselves in dangerous situations. If someone you love chooses to go ATVing, insist on a helmet, especially if it is your child. You have the right as a parent to say, No helmet, no ride." Adults are a harder sell. Tell them about Casey and ask them if it's a risk they want to take.
I don't know if a helmet would have changed the outcome for my brother. It's something we will never know. Much like seatbelts in cars, helmets provide an important extra measure of defense in case the worst happens but do not provide total protection from injury.
My family and I are going to spend some time concentrating on Casey, so the priority of LifePrints will fall for a while. Please think of Casey's wife, his two small children and my entire family as we walk this difficult path with my little brother.
God Bless you and keep you in his loving care, Casey. Don't stop fighting your way back to us.