Voices for Injury Prevention (VIP) Speakers

Penny Lorenz - VIP Speaker, Assistant Director - ThinkFirst Missouri

I 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 Burton - VIP Speaker/ ThinkFirst Speaker of the Year

Don'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

Keller Colley, ThinkFirst Missouri VIP Speaker

Alcohol 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

Chad Burton - VIP Speaker/ ThinkFirst Speaker of the Year

Your whole life can change in a second. It’s like - you are you, take a breath, and you're somebody else.

KAYLE DENNEY - 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

About ThinkFirst Missouri

ThinkFirst Missouri is an award-winning prevention program presented by inspiring survivors of brain and spinal cord injuries. Through compelling firsthand testimonies, audiences learn about the consequences of injuries and how injuries can happen to anyone. These sobering, yet motivational messages urge everyone to take personal responsibility and make safe choices.