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"No Helmet, No Ride" founders, Mary and Willi Bosch

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Willi Bosch was an avid hockey and lacrosse player in elementary and middle school. He played
for his local association as well as AAA hockey teams. On July 7, 2014 Willi fell while riding his
longboard alone in Roseville. He called a friend who helped him return to his dad’s house. What
unfolded from there was unthinkable. Willi was taken to United Hospital where it was
discovered his brain was bleeding. He was transported to Regions Hospital where two more
brain bleeds were discovered as well as two skull fractures. Willi underwent an emergency
craniotomy. His parents were told his chances of surviving were slim, but Willi isn’t much of a

Three weeks after his accident he woke up and continued to fight back to who he was on July 6.

He worked with speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and doctors at
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare to regain and strengthen everything he could. Willi was aptly named because
his will is his greatest gift in his recovery.

Mary Barsness is a school administrator at Prodeo Academy and the founder/presenter of the
No Helmet No Ride program,  a program offered through Regions Hospital
that Mary founded after her son, Willi, had a near fatal fall off his skateboard. During Willi’s
prolonged hospital stay the family saw more teens coming in with similar injuries. None of
those patients had been wearing helmets. It was clear that kids were not understanding the
potential severity of the decision to not wear helmets.

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