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On Thursday, November 20, at 6:00 pm, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis will host the 5th Annual Raise a Glass for a Cure event at the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park.

The fundraiser will support spinal cord injury research at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and the Miami Project based at the University of Miamis Miller School of Medicine.

Those attending the event will be treated to gourmet food stations, tours of Citizens Bank Park, and silent&live auctions. Scheduled to mingle with event-goers are Philadelphia notables such as Eagles rookie sensation DeSean Jackson, former Eagles Vince Invincible Papale and Ike Reese, former Penn State Football Player Adam Taliaferro, the voice of the 76ers Marc Zumoff, the Eagles Cheerleaders, and the mascot of the 2008 World Champion Phillies, the Phillie Phanatic.

"Last year, we had 500 attendees and raised $350,000 for paralysis research," said Dan Jones, a Buoniconti Fund board member who has used a wheelchair since a car accident in 1999. (The Philadelphia Chapter of the Buoniconti Fund was started by Jones' in-laws, Sally and Steve Wolf, after the accident) "We're hoping this year is an even bigger success, raising more awareness, making more research possible."

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, ranked among U.S. News&World Report's top hospitals in 2008, has been providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services for 50 years. Magee, along with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, is part of the Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of Delaware Valley, one of only 14 federally designated spinal cord injury systems of care in the United States.

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is the worlds largest, most comprehensive spinal cord injury research facility. Founded in 1985 by Barth A.Green, M.D. and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti, the Buoniconti Fund is the national fundraising arm of The Miami Project.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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