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DeKeyser supports Safety Day

Thursday, 08.7.2014 / 1:56 PM ET / News
By Alex DiFilippo  - Detroit Red Wings Communications Coordinator
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DeKeyser supports Safety Day
DeKeyser supports Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Safety Day.
(Photos by Detroit Red Wings/Alex DiFilippo)
DETROIT – Autographing jerseys, sticks, pucks and photos are the norm for Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser. But on Wednesday afternoon, DeKeyser signed more than a hundred items he had never autographed before – bike helmets.

DeKeyser was on hand at the Kohl’s location in Livonia, Mich., to support Safety Day hosted by the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program.

As part of the event, 200 children aged 14 and younger received a free bike helmet in an effort to help raise awareness for children’s safety. The children then had an opportunity to have the helmet and a mini Fathead signed by DeKeyser.

The Red Wings defenseman met with the children and their parents for photo opportunities and to discuss the importance of safety, especially when riding their bikes, rollerblading and even playing hockey.

“Every now and then you hear of a freak accident that could have been avoided if someone was just a little more careful,” DeKeyser said. “I think wearing helmets is something that will really protect them and hopefully prevent those types of injuries.”

DeKeyser’s bike helmet signing and meet-and-greet followed a check presentation, which featured Tony Werner, the president and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Dr. Christina Shanti, the chief of pediatric surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and Heather Schaewe, an injury prevention specialist with the Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program.

The free, family-friendly event featured a live DJ, snacks and games for those in attendance. Local public safety officials were also on hand to fit each helmet for the children and answer questions.

“I had a great time,” DeKeyser said. “It’s always good to interact with fans and people from around the community, especially when it raises safety awareness. It’s really beneficial and I think it helps the kids out a lot.”

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