Shelby Feugate Joins ThinkFirst as Newest VIP Speaker

ThinkFirst program gains another speaker

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Aug. 14, 2014) – Shelby Feugate is the newest VIP (Voices for Injury Prevention) speaker to join the ThinkFirst team. Shelby joined ThinkFirst in March and has already touched hundreds of lives with her story.

Shelby sustained a T-10 spinal cord injury in a car crash on August 13, 2012. Shelby was the driver and only person in the car when she failed to yield to oncoming traffic. She was also not wearing a seatbelt. As a result of her injuries, Shelby is paraplegic.

Despite these challenges, Shelby is pursuing her dream of becoming an art teacher. She is currently studying at Metropolitan Community College at Longview.  During her time with ThinkFirst Shelby is most looking forward to speaking to kids and knowing that her story can help them.

Shelby says the message she would most like to share with students is that, “life changing accidents can happen to anyone and not just because of driving under the influence or texting, it can happen within seconds by simply not paying attention. Driving is a privilege not a right.”

ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City educates youth on the dangers of distracted and unsafe driving and promotes seatbelt usage. Through free, school-based assemblies and speaking engagements, ThinkFirst reached nearly 40,000 students during the 2013/2014 school year.

If you would like to schedule an assembly for your school or learn more about ThinkFirst please call 816-276-4218 or contact our ThinkFirst Program Coordinator, Amy at

About ThinkFirst: ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, a chapter of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation, was established in 1987 and provides free school-based presentations to students in grades kindergarten through 12. Each year, 40,000 students in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area learn about the consequences of traumatic injuries from brain or spinal cord injury survivors. These sobering, yet motivational messages urge youth to take personal responsibility and make safe choices. The presentations cover a variety of topics including promoting seat belt usage, sports and recreation safety, helmet usage, motor-vehicle safety, water safety and avoiding violence. ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City is a program of The Research Foundation.

About The Research Foundation: The Research Foundation is a not-for-profit organization in Kansas City, Mo. dedicated to strengthening the community and empowering people to live healthier, productive lives through its health education and scholarship programs. The Harmon Diabetes Center teaches self-management diabetes education to help patients control their diabetes and reduce the chance for life-threatening complications. The award-winning ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City injury prevention program educates area youth through free school-based assemblies aimed at helping young people prevent traumatic injuries and deaths. The Foundation also awards scholarships to students pursuing a nursing career. For more information, visit