Louisiana Couple Receives ThinkFirst Award

New Award in Honor of the Cavanaugh’s Announced

Chicago, IL, May 1, 2016 -- The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation presented the 2016 Distinguished Service and Partnership Award to Dr. David and Donna Cavanaugh at an Awards Ceremony at this year’s ThinkFirst Conference on Injury Prevention, held at the Westin Chicago River North Hotel on May 1st. It was also announced that a new perpetual award has been established in their honor, the Dr. David and Donna Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award. 

Dr. Cavanaugh is an accomplished and respected neurosurgeon, injury prevention advocate, educator, researcher and leader. He has served on the ThinkFirst Board of Directors and was Chairman of the Board from 2005-2007. David has chaired many ThinkFirst committees and is the sponsoring physician of the chapter he and his wife Donna started 20 years ago in Shreveport, Louisiana called ThinkFirst of the Ark-LA-Tex.

Donna Cavanaugh is the director of their chapter and serves as the Louisiana state chapter director and national trainer for new chapters. She has devoted nearly 18 years of service to the ThinkFirst Board of Directors, serving on numerous committees and hosting several events for the national ThinkFirst Foundation. 

Together, the Cavanaugh’s lead a life filled with service and dedication to others. ThinkFirst of the Ark-LA-Tex visits schools throughout their region, reaching thousands of students every year with ThinkFirst injury prevention programs. They support their non-profit chapter through well attended fundraising events. For the past twenty years Donna and David have been generous supporters of the national ThinkFirst Foundation and generous in the time they have devoted to the field of injury prevention. 

In recognition of their unwavering support, the ThinkFirst Foundation officially announced the establishment of a new award to honor the legacy of David and Donna. The “Dr. David and Donna Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award” will be bestowed upon those who exemplify the Cavanaugh spirit and commitment to the Foundation, and have demonstrated significant accomplishment and length of service. 

About ThinkFirst
The mission of ThinkFirst is to prevent brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries through education, research and advocacy. Founded by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation, based in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, is a resource for program materials, training and support for ThinkFirst chapters. Chapters throughout the United States and internationally provide more than 6,500 presentations each year to schools and community groups. Programs promote safe behaviors to prevent brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries for all age groups, including basic safety and concussion awareness for students and fall prevention for older adults. An independent 501c3 charitable organization, ThinkFirst relies on the support of physicians, corporations, foundations and individuals. For more information on ThinkFirst visit www.thinkfirst.org.