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On Thursday, June 10, the 8th grade class of Cooke Elementary School will play basketball against police officers and staff of the Cozen Police Athletic League to raise money for Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s ThinkFirst Program.

The basketball game will take place at 4:30pm at the Cozen PAL Center at 732 N. 17th Street in Philadelphia. A check presentation will follow the game.

ThinkFirst is a program that teaches children and young adults to think first before engaging in risky behaviors—driving drunk, driving while not wearing a seatbelt, riding a motorcycle without a helmet, getting involved with guns—by sending people who have had their lives changed forever by such activities to schools and community centers to tell their stories.

The 8th graders at Cooke decided to raise money for ThinkFirst after hearing a presentation by Magee’s ThinkFirst Coordinator, Joe Davis. Davis, a Philadelphia native, was shot as a result of dealing drugs when he was a young man. The incident resulted in Davis needing to be in wheelchair. Although Davis was able to turn his life around (he has an MSW and is an esteemed therapist and councilor) he stresses how difficult life in a wheelchair can be, and how lucky he was to survive his past lifestyle at all.


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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