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In 2004, Ryan “Gooch” Nelson suffered a spinal cord injury and thought his days of playing the guitar were over.

But thanks to his therapists at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, some determined musicians and an adaptive glass slide, the Gooch and his band 61 North are bringing the house down at gigs all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

And the Gooch and the band gave back.

On Friday, September 4, 61 North performed a free concert and barbecue for the patients and staff of Magee on the hospital’s rooftop patio.

Over 50 patients came out to enjoy the music and the food. Patients and staff could chose from ribs, barbequed chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs, and even watermelon all while enjoying the entertainment provided by 61 North.

“This was a great day full of music, food, and fun," said Nelson. “We wanted to raise the spirits of the patients. And we did that. I remember what it was like to be a patient here, and over the six months that I spent at Magee I actually appreciated the special events and activities that were put together to break up the monotony.”

61 North has played many benefit concerts, giving the money raised to both Magee and the Adam Taliaferro Foundation.

For more information about 61 North click here.




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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