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Kenny Herriot was a fitness instructor before a motorcycle accident in 2000 left him paralyzed from the waist down. But that didn’t stop him from living an active lifestyle and inspiring other folks with disabilities to do the same. He became a wheelchair racer in 2001 and has accumulated many awards.

And now he’s racing his handcycle across the United States as part of “The Great Lemon Ride” which raises money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Philadelphia is one of the cities Herriot will be visiting, and he’ll be stopping at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital on June 5 for a reception and dinner in his honor at 4:00pm.
 
Herriot began the trek across the United States on April 27, 2009 in San Francisco. It will end 3,500 miles later in New York City on June 7.

Herriot hopes to raise money and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand and to motivate as many people with disabilities as he can to live healthier, more active lives.

Which makes Magee Rehabilitation Hospital a perfect stop. Magee is constantly recognized as one of the best Physical Rehabilitation Hospital’s in the country, treating those with spinal cord injuries, amputations, brain injuries and complications from strokes. Magee also believes in the importance of physical activity for those with disabilities and has a renowned wheelchair sports program consisting of tennis, rugby, basketball, and soccer. Magee’s teams have traveled all over the country to participate in competitions, often bringing home trophies. Representatives from the teams will be attending the dinner and reception.

For more information on “The Great Lemon Ride” and Kenny Herriot, visit TheGreatLemonRide.com


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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