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Helmets 4 Safety: American Society of Plastic Surgeons Donates Helmets to Children of Chicago to Promote Safety; Photo Opportunity


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WHAT: American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) incoming President Bruce Cunningham, Md., will donate 2,000 safety helmets to students at Pershing Magnet Elementary School in Chicago during Plastic Surgery 2005, the ASPS annual scientific meeting. Students from Mayo, Robinson, and Price elementary schools will also receive helmets.

WHY: Bike riding is one of the most popular recreational sports among children in the United States -- and the leading cause of recreational sports injuries. Children accounted for an estimated 315,700 bicycle-related injuries; 72,500 skateboard- related injuries; and 44,500 non-powered scooter-related injuries in 2004.

Studies show that helmets can prevent 85 percent of serious head injuries and 65 percent of injuries to the mid- and upper face. Recreational sports injuries account for a significant part of reconstructive plastic surgery performed on children each year. Through its donation, the ASPS hopes to prevent these injuries and to encourage more children to wear helmets.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Pershing Magnet Elementary School, 3113 South Rhodes, Chicago, Ill., 60616

Please call ASPS Public Relations at 847-228-9900 or the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at 773-553-1620 for additional information.

Media contact: LaSandra Cooper, ASPS Media Relations Associate; Brian Hugins, ASPS Media Relations Specialist; Timothy Tuten, CPS, Office of Communications

About ASPS:

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. With more than 6,000 members, the society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


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