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Philadelphia, PaAfter a nearly fatal car accident in 2004, Ryan "Gooch" Nelson was left a quadriplegic and stripped of his ability to play guitar.

Or so he thought.

But thanks to the support he received from family and loved ones, the physical therapy he received at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, and the instruction of 61 North band co-founder Brian LaPann, Nelson adapted and learned to play the slide guitar. Now, he and LaPann and the rest of 61 North are playing and writing music and developing a following.

And the band has decided to give back.

On Saturday, October 4 from 7:00pm-10:00pm, North 61along with bands Howard Valentine and the Prophets of Love, and the Mad Sweet Pangswill perform live at the Salem Community College Davidow Theatre in Carneys Point, New Jersey, and the proceeds from the concert will be donated to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and the Adam Taliaferro Foundation to help those who have experienced spinal cord injury.

Tickets for the show are on sale now for $20.00 and can be purchased by contacting Terri S. Harrison, Coordinator of Cultural Events at Salem Community College at (856)-351-2626 or harrison@salemcc.edu.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magees 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璒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 nations 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of AmericaҒs 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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