Monday, June 9, 2014

"Look twice, save a life"

I am humbled to work with ABATE to promote their "look twice, save a life" campaign which encourages everyone to share the road and be cautious of bikers.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Warm weather means bikes are back!

"Look twice, save a life. Motorcycles are everywhere"

It’s official. While driving on the highway the other day, I saw my first motorcycle of the season. It’s finally starting to warm up (well it’s actually snowing as I write this…. but it’s Michigan-give it a day) which means motorcycles will be making their way back onto the roads. That being said, now is the time to be the most cautious of bikers. It’s been a while since they’ve been on the roads so you may not being in the habit for looking out for them. It’s important to keep an eye out for bikers when merging onto the highway, switching lanes, and just driving in general. We’re all excited that it’s finally starting to warm up but with that comes the added responsibility of watching out for bikers. So remember, “look twice, save a life”

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

My thoughts when I heard the news...

Upon receiving the news of my brother's accident, I experienced a lot of emotions:

Shock.
Disbelief.
Heartbreak.
Anger.
Confusion.
Fear.
Vulnerability.
Helplessness.

This motorcycle accident took away more than just the life of one person. It took away a brother, a father, a son, a husband, an uncle, a cousin, a neighbor, and a friend.

I doubt that I will ever experience another moment as depressing and terrifying as the moment when I learned that Nathan had died.

The worst part is that my situation is not unique. Everyday someone else experiences that same range of emotions after a motorcycle accident.

There is nothing I can do to bring Nathan back. But there is something that I can do to make sure that other people don't experience this same situation. I have been given a strange blessing. I have the opportunity to share my story in the hopes of preventing other people from creating their own.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Finally healing

You all know that I had two motives behind changing my platform. First and foremost, I wanted to prevent other people from encountering a similar tragedy to my own. Second, I hoped that this change would help me through the grieving process after losing my brother. Two months after making the final decision to change my platform, I can honestly say that this change has impacted me more than I predicted. The more that I share my story, the easier it becomes for me to finally swallow the idea of losing Nathan. Having an outlet to talk about his death has been such a blessing. I've said before that I spent the past year and a half in denial. I'm finally approaching a point where I have accepted what happened and am beginning to move on. I've learned that my involvement in pageants has a bigger purpose than wearing a crown, or competing on stage. I was given this title in attempt to overcome Nathan's death. And after reflecting on the past two months since declaring the change, I am excited to say that I am finally starting to heal.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The helmet debate.

There's always a lot of debate about the safety behind wearing a helmet while riding a bike. Especially right now in Michigan after the helmet law was recently repealed. Obviously there are pros and cons to this argument- as there are with every situation. The main argument that I hear against helmets is that bikers enjoy the freedom of not having something on their head as well as the feeling of the wind blowing against them. In the case of my brother, he had his helmet on and that still wasn't enough. However, in many accidents that piece of head-ware can mean the difference between life and death. In addition to safety, helmets serve a lot of different purposes including: keeping your head warm, blocking rain, muffling wind noise (which can damage hearing), and keeping your face clear of any dirt or pieces that may fly up. Wearing a helmet is a smart choice. It's important to pick a quality helmet that fits correctly and gives you the best possible range of vision. Part of being a responsible rider means protecting yourself on the roads, which includes wearing your helmet!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dear drivers....

This is a great link released by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation directed towards drivers on the road. Remember, motorcycle safety is just as important for drivers as it is for bikers :)

http://msf-usa.org/downloads/Motorist_Awareness_tips.pdf