Penny LorenzI always thought bad things didn't happen to good people, but they do.

Penny Lorenz - VIP Speaker / Assistant Director, ThinkFirst Missouri

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Date: December 23, 1982
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Harrisburg, Missouri
Patient: 17-year-old female, high school junior
Factors: Passenger in a single car crash, unrestrained
Diagnosis: T-6, T-7, T-8 complete spinal cord injury, punctured lung
Prognosis: Complete injury paraplegia, 10% chance of ever walking again


Chad BurtonDon't DIE just because you didn't take 3 seconds to buckle up.

Chad Burton - VIP Speaker / ThinkFirst Speaker of the Year

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Date: December 29, 1992
Time: 12:15 AM
Place: Rock Quarry Road, Columbia, Missouri
Patient: 17-year-old male, high school sophomore
Factors: Fell asleep while driving and collided head on with another driver who had been drinking
Diagnosis: Traumatic Brain Injury, comatose 5 weeks
Prognosis: Left side hemiplegic


Jeremy Edwards “If speeding is a choice, would you continue to do so knowing that you’re putting yourself and others life at risk?”

Jeremy Edwards - VIP Speaker

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Date: 8/11/2021
Time: 11:30
Place: Springfield
Patient: 19 year old college student
Factors: High speed, fatal motorcycle accident.
Diagnosis: 10% chance of living, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury
Prognosis: Chronic pain, memory loss, autonomic dysreflexia


Keller ColleyAlcohol tragically changed my life - don't let it do the same to you.

Keller Colley - VIP Speaker

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Date: November 27, 2003
Time: 1:30 AM
Place: Moberly, Missouri
Patient: 18-year-old male, college freshman
Factors: Passenger in an alcohol related car crash, thrown from vehicle, no seatbelt
Diagnosis: Traumatic Brain Injury, comatose 2 weeks
Prognosis: Loss of short term memory


Kayle DenneyYour whole life can change in a second. Its like - you are you, take a breath, and you're somebody else.

Kayle Streb - VIP Speaker

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Date: September 10, 2007
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Warsaw, Missouri
Patient: 17-year-old female, high school student
Factors: Hydroplaned, overcorrected, no seatbelt
Diagnosis: C-5, C-6 Spinal Cord Injury
Prognosis: Would not walk again


Skyler Gray“I was 12 days from my 21st birthday. I was in a Drinking/Driving crash as a passenger and was not wearing my seatbelt.”

Skyler Gray - VIP Speaker

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Date:: July 5, 2015
Time: 1:00 a.m.
Place: Route Z, 3 miles south of Reger, Missouri
Patient: 20-year-old female
Factors: Passenger, no seat belt, driver was intoxicated
Diagnosis: C-4, C-5 Spinal Cord Injury
Prognosis: Quadriplegic


Kirby Smith “I was not wearing my seatbelt, was ejected. I laid for two hours, was in ICU for 6 weeks, then rehab for 6 weeks and now this is my life.”

Kirby Smith - VIP Speaker

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Andrew Naylor “I lost control on a gravel road, went out the windshield because I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt.”

Andrew Naylor - VIP Speaker

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