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Every year, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital presents the Champion in the Community Award to those who generously support Magee’s patients and programs. This year, there’s more than one.

Magee will recognize the Katie Kirlin Fund and Tom Duffy, Esquire at the Ninth Annual Night of Champions held on May 8. The event, which begins at 6:30 pm, will be held at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall at 1301 South Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia.

The Katie Kirlin Fund—named after Katie Kirlin, who loved wheelchair sports right up till she passed away at 12 years old—was created by her family and friends as a way to honor her memory and raise money to support youth from the Delaware Valley who compete in wheelchair sports. It helps fund trips to competitions, specialized sports wheelchairs, and sponsors “Katie’s Komets,” which is a wheelchair basketball program for youth. Some participants have gone on to play wheelchair basketball or track in college, international competitions, and even the Paralympics.

Tom Duffy, Esquire is a member of the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and is an avid supporter of wheelchair sports. A successful Philadelphia lawyer, he first got involved as a sponsor years ago for the Night of Champions when one of his clients asked for his help so he could play wheelchair basketball. Since then his support has grown each year.

The Night of Champions event includes dinner, raffle prizes and auctions of autographed sports memorabilia, exclusive gifts, restaurant certificates, getaway weekends, and travel packages. All funds benefit Magee’s Wheelchair Sports Programs, which support athletic programs that help former Magee patients and individuals with disabilities in the community improve the quality of their lives through physical activity. Programs include wheelchair basketball, rugby, tennis, and soccer.

For more information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call 215-587-3090.

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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