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Even though a diving accident last summer left her with a broken neck, and put her ability to walk again in question, Heather Shultz never stopped smiling during her months of rehabilitation at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.

And on Friday, September 28, at 7:00pm at the Green Valley Country Club at 201 Ridge Pike, the 22 year old Cinnaminson, NJ native will be smiling, and walking again, when she is recognized at the 18th Annual Jerry Segal Classic, a golf event/dinner that raises money and awareness for the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia.

The Jerry Segal Classic, held this year at the ACE Golf Club and Green Valley Country Club, is the brainchild of prominent Philadelphia lawyer, Jerry Segal. Segal was a patient at Magee after a surgical error left him a quadriplegic in 1988. Through rehab and training at the hospital, Segal was able to walk again. He was so thankful to the hospital and staff that Segal, and his wife Carolyn, came up with the idea of a golf fundraiser. The first year, the Segal Classic raised over $50,000. Last year alone it raised over $1 million and the total raised to date is over $6 million.

And every year, the Segal Classic picks a former Magee rehab patient who exemplifies the hospital's mission of helping patients regain their independence, and of course, the "Never give up. Never give enough" attitude of Jerry Segal.

With her infectious, constant smile, Shultz was a perfect choice.

On hand to applaud Schultz for her amazing progress and spirit will be Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, NBA Hall-of -Famer Billy Cunningham, Flyers legend Bernie Parent, WIP 610-Am SportsTalk Radio Host Howard Eskin, KYW TV-3 Sports Director Beasley Reece, and former sports broadcaster Scott Palmer.

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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