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Honorary Chairmen:
Mayor Michael Nutter
Police Commisioner Charles Ramsey (invited)
Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison
State Representative Dwight Evans (invited)
Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.

Run, walk and roll to strengthen your limbs and oppose illegal handguns in Philadelphia.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s Think First Program-- which teaches kids and young adults to think first before engaging in risky behavior—and Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) will co-host the 4th annual Legs Against Arms 5k Run on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at St. Joes University. Race registration is at 7am and the race starts at 8:30am at 54th and Overbrook Avenue.

In 2009, over 500 runners making up 10 teams particiapted.

In 2010, over 24 teams are expected to register. Participants from local high schools, medical staff and families are among the teams registered and several wheelchair teams are signed up to participate.

Beyond giving those opposed to gun violence a way to take a stand, Legs Against Arms provides an outlet for those most affected by it. As the daughter of a mom lost to gun violence in 2005 said,

“My immediate and extended family lacked a place to truly celebrate the life of my mom. We did not have a time that solely focused on the good of her life without feeling the pain of our loss. The Legs Against Arms Run/Walk provided my family with the opportunity to participate in an event that she would have thoroughly enjoyed. We have the chance to remember all the traits we love about my mom with the people she loved most.” Team Trish Member

Supported by the City of Philadelphia, Legs Against Arms IV is part of PSR&Magee’s commitment to interrupt the cycle of youth violence and to change social norms that celebrate violence. Over 50 organizations will partner in the Celebration of Youth immediately following, providing interactive exhibits focusing on healthy choices around: handguns, at- risk behavior, nutrition, fitness and the environment. There will also be an opportunity for children to showcase their unique talents, resilience, and the potential for a future filled with hope, not despair.
 
For more information about the event or to register to run visit www.legsagainstarms.org.


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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