ThinkFirst Honored by KC Mayor Pro Tem, City Council

ThinkFirst receives resolution of appreciate on 25th anniversary

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (July 13, 2012) – Marking the 25th anniversary of ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, recently Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo and members of the City Council of Kansas City presented both ThinkFirst and The Research Foundation with a resolution of appreciation for their service in delivering outstanding traumatic injury prevention and traffic safety programs to the community’s youth.

The resolution, R-2012-00528, applauded the long-standing service of ThinkFirst Voices for Injury Prevention (VIP) speakers who have suffered a spinal cord or brain injury and now serve as an advocate for safety.

“For 25 years, ThinkFirst has successfully taught the children of Kansas City the importance of good decision-making,” said The Research Foundation president Cynthia Randazzo. “Delivering motivational messages to more than 30,000 students each year, the VIP speakers at ThinkFirst continue to have a major influence on our community. Their personal stories albeit heartbreaking serve as a wakeup call for students to make responsible choices. I look forward to ensuring that future generations continue to be educated by the firsthand testimonials of ThinkFirst speakers.”

“I’m happy to recognize ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City and The Research Foundation for their 25 years of service in promoting safety in our community including promoting the use of seat belt usage, sports and recreation safety, helmet usage, motor vehicle safety, water safety and avoiding violence,” said Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo. “We look forward to ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City’s continued work to help us live healthier more productive lives in Kansas City.”

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, 34,000 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.

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