Posted by: Kimberly Dredger | July 3, 2010

Happy Fourth of July!

Hello, all!  My best wishes go to each of you for a happy and SAFE holiday weekend.  

I am currently reading the book Walking Papers by Francesco Clark, published by Hyperion Books.  It is written by a young man who, shortly after he graduated from college and was enjoying a high-powered job in New York City, took a dive into a swimming pool.  It was, tragically, the shallow end.  

And then, I received the following from the Reeve Foundation.  I believe that we simply cannot be reminded too often to be careful, and so, as you go about your activities this glorious weekend, please keep these things in mind:

Happy Fourth of July! 

Grill? Yes.
Beach towel? Yes.
Sunscreen? Yes.
Safety Checklist? What???

Each year about 6,500 teens end up in the emergency room because of a diving accident. The Reeve Foundation’s Paralysis Study concluded 200,000 Americans are living with paralysis resulting from sporting and recreational activity accidents. 

So play it safe this summer. Review the Reeve Foundation Safety Checklist with your family, especially with the teens and young children in your life.


  • Buckle up… properly! Bottom strap across hips and shoulder strap across chest.
  • Do not be distracted by other passengers, motorists, cell phones, radio, etc. Stay focused!
  • Obey car and booster seat guidelines.

Swimming and diving

  • Do not dive in less than nine feet of water.
  • No board, no diving!

Personal watercrafts

  • Be watchful, defensive, obey speeds, and keep your distance.

Body boarding

  • Hold board so it extends past head.

General Water Safety

  • Do not combine alcohol and water-related activities!
  • Be aware of sandbars.
  • Feet-first entry.

Bicycle Riding

  • Wear a helmet … properly! A helmet should be worn snug, fitted, and level.
  • Replace helmet after three to five years and/or if cracked.

Learn more about how to prevent spinal cord injuries. 

You, more than most, understand how life changing a spinal cord injury is. Without a doubt preventing an injury is the best cure.

Please help us get the word out and share these tips with your family and friends. With one click, you can share these tips with all your friends on Facebook. 

It is especially important to remind young people to play it safe this summer.

Thank you for your help.

6/29 – 2 1/2 miles
6/30 – 3 1/2 miles
7/1 – 3 1/2 miles
7/3 – 8 miles, 2 hours Good to know my 15 minute pace hasn’t left me while I feel sluggish in this “taper” business. 


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