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ThinkFirst of Northern Nevada, Sierra Neurosurgery Group, High Desert Montessori Promote Recreational Safety During “Kids on Big Rigs” Fundraiser – April 26

ThinkFirst of Northern Nevada, Sierra Neurosurgery Group, High Desert Montessori Promote Recreational Safety During “Kids on Big Rigs” Fundraiser – April 26

Kids on Big RigsThis spring, High Desert Montessori School brings kids and the community together during Kids On Big Rigs, April 26 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. behind SAK ‘N SAVE on Silverada Boulevard. The annual event gives kids an opportunity to get up close and personal with “big rigs” including vintage military and fire trucks, ambulances, Search and Rescue snow cats, garbage trucks and police vehicles. Other interactive vehicles include the Nevada Highway Patrol’s Collision Trailer and KOLO News Channel 8’s news van, allowing kids to create their very own newscast on site. Patrons can also enjoy a variety of tempting treats from area food trucks and learn a little something at the Project Science booth before heading over to the Kiwanis Bike and Pedestrian Safety Course where physicians and volunteers from Sierra Neurosurgery Group and ThinkFirst distribute free bicycle helmets to children in need.

“We are very excited to have ThinkFirst and Sierra Neurosurgery Group involved in this year’s ‘Big Rigs’ event helping to teach kids about the importance of wearing bike helmets,” said Stacey Perez, the event’s coordinator.

Dr. Lali Sekhon, one of 10 Neurosurgeons at Sierra Neurosurgery Group and the founder of ThinkFirst of Northern Nevada, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping prevent head and spinal cord injuries among children and teens explains:

“Each year thousands of children are involved in bicycle accidents that result in serious head and neck injuries. Research says that up to 85 percent of cycling-related head injuries can be prevented by the use of helmets. Unfortunately, though, only about a quarter of kids between the ages of 5 and 14 report always wearing a helmet while riding a bike. The goal of getting involved in events like ‘Big Rigs’ is to help avoid these injuries and keep more kids safe in northern Nevada.”

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