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Stone Fennell: I Am Alive

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Stone Fennell

Stone Fennell

Stone Fennell, shown here when he was in the fourth grade, believes that the free bike helmet he received from Seattle Children's saved his life.

I was face down on the road, and when I got up my hands were shaking so hard I couldn’t keep them still.

Me, my mom and dad, and my little brother and sister were biking home from my soccer game when it happened. I think something got caught in the spokes of my front wheel.

My mom saw me fly over my handlebars and land on the top of my head. My bike helmet — the one we got at Seattle Children’s Health Fair — even had a dent in it!

She was really upset, so I kept saying, “I’m OK, I’m OK, I’m OK.” It didn’t seem like that big of a deal, except my wrists ached from hitting so hard on the pavement. My mom got the car because she thought I was too jittery to walk the rest of the way.

My dad took me to the hospital where I found out that my right wrist had some muscle damage and my left wrist was fractured. I chose black for the color of my cast.

When we got home, my mom reminded me why she was so upset. A few days before, we read a newspaper article about a lady who had the exact same accident as me, but she wasn’t wearing a helmet. She died.

I think it’s really great that Children’s gives out bike helmets to kids and adults. One of them saved my life.

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