- Tragic Accidents Happen. You can severely injure or kill a child with a mower. This can occur by running over a child with the mower – in forward or reverse – with the blades spinning, or when objects are hit and thrown by the spinning blades.
- Know Where your Kids Are. Accidents can happen without warning, particularly if you don’t see a child approaching the mower.
- Never Give Rides. A child may fall off the mower and into the spinning blades. Giving rides may also cause the child to be attracted to the mower and the child may later approach without being seen.
- Use Extreme Caution in Reverse. Keep alert for anyone who may enter the mowing area. Always look down and behind before and while backing.
- Keep Kids Safe. Stop mowing if a child approaches the mowing area. Never let a child play or around a riding mower. Keep the keys to your mower away from children.
- RIDING MOWERS ARE TOOLS, NOT TOYS
You may see it all the time - kids playing outside while their parents or older siblings mow the lawn - and think nothing of it. It seems so harmless. But the truth of it is that it's not, thousands of children are injured or even killed by lawn mowers each year. As lawn mowing season gets underway in much of the country, safety experts are putting out a warning: Watch out for the kids. Please help us spread the word: LAWN MOWERS AND CHILDREN DON'T MIX.
As Thanksgiving quickly approaches I want to remind everyone to think about what we are most thankful for especially after the last few months of division and hate that seemed to overtake all aspects of our daily lives. It is through love that we find common ground for all.
I am proud to report that Matthew has made the A/B Honor Roll during his first quarter of 7th grade... (his sister would like for me to point out that she made straights A’s ;-) In late August, Matthew was sized and fitted for his latest prosthetic leg. This is his seventh leg, but seems like he's had many more because he grows so fast. The latest prosthetic leg is black and branded with a white NIKE Swoosh. Matthew recently left his footprints on the Big Apple by walking all over New York City during a weekend visit to watch a Broadway show and take in all the sites!
The weather is getting warmer and your ready to get back outside working in your yard. When you pull out the lawn mower this year, put away your kids. Each year thousands of children are severely injured by lawn mowers. Most lawn mower-related injuries can be prevented by following simple safety guidelines. Nobody ever thinks that it will happen to them, but it can and it does. Please help us get the message out about lawn mower safety.
In July, we traveled in Orlando to meet with 12 families from around the country who had children involved in lawn mower accidents. In addition to sharing stories and getting to know one another, we filmed a public service announcement about lawn mower safety with the hope that no other family should ever have to experience the pain and suffering that our families have. Please help us share this message, it could save a limb or a life.
Watch all the Limbs Matter PSA videos.
Hi everyone. I just wanted to give a quick update on Matthew. He is doing great and he just officially graduated from 5th Grade!!! Where does time go when you are having fun. Summer trips have been planned and it looks like a full few months of activities. Have a wonderful summer and remember safety first while cutting your grass and doing any yard work. Please remember that accidents do happen and can always be prevented by just using common sense and putting safety first. Please do not mow your grass around children and never let a child ride on a lawn mower! Help us spread the word people!!!
Matthew had a wonderful time bowling and mentoring some of his fellow amputee friends at this years Triangle Youth Amputee Bowling outing. Besides making new friends, knocking down some pins, and wearing out the arcades; Matthew also met Travis who is a three legged poodle that volunteers at local hospitals. A big thank you from Matthew and I to all of those who worked to put this together!!!
I will start by confirming that the old saying of "time flies" is very true. I can't believe that six years have gone by so fast when it seemed that time literally stood still six years ago to this day. I will never forget the news and the chaos that followed and all of the hardships for Matthew. With that being said, I could have never imagined in my most positive mindset back then that Matthew would come so far. There are times where I look at him and I just don't understand why he smiles so much and has no cares in the world about his disability. Sure there are times where he expresses how big of a pain it is to swim at pools or walk on the beach but in general he never complains. His will power and spirit at 10 years old is more developed than most adults I know including myself. I don't know where the future will take him especially as he starts to hit those "odd tween" years of life, but if history is a predictor of the future he is going to be just fine. I want to take a moment to thank all of those in our life that surrounded us with love, prayers and positive encouragement during the worse of times and helped provide a guiding light so we could find our way. I love you all and remember to help us keep spreading the word about lawn mower safety. Thank you!