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PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 12, 2012 -- Magee Rehabilitation Hospital will host a free discussion and book signing with Michael Vitez, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Road Back: A Journey of Grace and Grit, on June 26 at 4 p.m. Matt Miller -- medical student, triathlete and the subject of Vitez's book -- will also be on hand to discuss his accident, recovery and life after a brain injury.

"We are very excited to have both Michael Vitez and Matt Miller here at Magee to discuss Matt's incredible story of recovery," said Jack Carroll, President and CEO of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. "For many of our brain injury patients and their families, the road from injury to achieving individualized independence is a long one. Having Matt here to talk about his journey from surviving to thriving is truly inspirational."

The Road Back: A Journey of Grace and Grit tells the story of Matt Miller, a University of Virginia student and member of the college triathlon club. One afternoon while cycling along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, he fell face first into an oncoming Porsche at 40 miles an hour. He broke every bone in his face and suffered a massive brain injury.

Vitez first wrote about Matt, a Wayne, Pennsylvania native, for The Philadelphia Inquirer in a three-part series. In this book, Vitez follows Matt's story throughout his recoveryfrom his life before the accident to his initial injury, all the way back to medical school and an Ironman Triathlon. The Road Back is not only about a young man's drive to reclaim his life, but also about the people who rode with him, rescued him, helped him heal and saw up close his amazing comeback.

Both Vitez and Miller will answer audience questions, and will be available to sign and sell books, a percentage of which will be donated to Magee's patient programs. These programs aim to heighten independence and improve quality of life for patients by offering recreational outlets, such as wheelchair sports teams, art therapy, horticultural therapy and many others.

The event is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, please RSVP with the name and number of guests to concierge@mageerehab.org or (215) 587-3180. For more information on The Road Back, please visit MichaelVitez.com. For more information about Magee Rehabilitation, please visit MageeRehab.org.

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