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After a construction accident in 1989 in which a building collapsed, trapping a local construction worker underneath, Bill Shaner was sent to Cooper Trauma in New Jersey, and underwent 13 hours of surgery to save his life.

He survived but was told there was a 99% chance he’d never walk again. Three weeks later he was transferred to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital where he spent two and one-half months in therapy and recovery.

He left Magee in a wheelchair and is returning after twenty-one years to walk and greet spinal cord injury patients on the 5th floor to share his story of hope and inspiration. 

The event is on November 15 at 1:00 pm at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, 1513 Race Street, Philadelphia. (MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.)

Shaner will provide autographed copies of his award-winning book UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES:  LESSONS FROM A LIFE ALMOST LOST, www.billshaner.com which is a true account of the construction accident in which he nearly died.  Many people including Vince Papale, Philadelphia Eagles NFL player, author and subject of Disney movie, Invincible wrote: “Bill Shaner had everything but his life and family taken away from him but somehow he showed us true courage by not quitting.”

"Any obstacle in life is an opportunity to become wiser, more honest with yourself, compassionate, and most important more willing and able to create your best life” says Bill.  “As a former patient of Magee Rehab Hospital, I am honored to be a testament to their patients that life can change and you will move forward.” 

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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