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Celebrate Independence 2010








On September 11, 2010 join Brooks Rehabilitation as we Celebrate Independence for the 19th year. Join us for a day of insightful speakers, exciting demonstrations, and inspiring individuals- all in the name of living life to its fullest. This year's event will feature keynote speaker John Crowley.

Celebrate Independence 2010
Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
3599 University Blvd., South
Jacksonville, FL 32216

Saturday September 11, 2010
Free and Open to the Public

About the Keynote Speaker

This year's celebrate independence will feature John F. Crowley, Chairman & CEO of Amicus Therapeutics and inspiration for the major motion picture "Extraordinary Measures."  John, his wife Aileen and their three children, John Jr., Megan and Patrick Crowley have been chasing miracles of modern science. In 1998, Megan and Patrick were both diagnosed with a genetic disease, Pompe disease. This often fatal neuromuscular disorder was so rare that no company had yet developed a medicine to combat it.  John will share his family’s journey as they challenge the medical establishment in a race to find a life saving treatment. CBS Films made a motion picture, Extraordinary Measures, about John and his family which was released in theaters in January, 2010. 

Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell star in the movie inspired by the true story of John Crowley, a man who defied conventional wisdom and great odds, and risked his family's future to pursue a cure for his children's life threatening disease. From his working class roots, John Crowley has finally begun to taste success in corporate America. Supported by his beautiful wife Aileen (Keri Russell) and their three children, John is on the fast track. But just as his career is taking off, Crowley walks away from it all when his two youngest children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with a fatal disease. With Aileen by his side, harnessing all of his skill and determination, Crowley teams up with a brilliant, but unappreciated and unconventional scientist, Dr. Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford). Together they form a bio-tech company focused on developing a life-saving drug. One driven to prove himself and his theories, the other by a chance to save his children, this unlikely alliance eventually develops into mutual respect as they battle the medical and business establishments in a fight against the system – and time”.

The Crowley family story is a remarkable one of perseverance, survival and a family’s commitment to do “whatever it takes” against phenomenal odds. It is about courage, hope, learning and love. John and Aileen share their incredible journey in their new family memoir, Chasing Miracles, The Crowley Family Journey of Strength, Hope and Joy, which John will be signing after his presentation. Books will be available for sale in advance in the Brooks Rehabilitation gift shop and will also be available for purchase on the day of the event.




Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Exhibits & Health Screenings Family Fun, Face Paintings & Refreshments
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Celebrate Independence Awards and Keynote Speaker Presentation
12:30 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Exhibits & Health Screenings Family Fun, Face Paintings & Refreshments
1:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Seminars & General Session

Seminar Session I*
Inner Strength: The Importance of the Pelvic Floor in Bladder Control 
Cynthia E. Neville, PT, DPT, WCS, BCA-PMB
Director of Women’s Health Services
Brooks Rehabilitation

Seminar Session 2*
Age-Related Changes in the Elderly: Implications for Clinicians
Jacqueline Osborne PT, DPT, GCS
Geriatric Residency Coordinator
Brooks Rehabilitation

General Session**
Healthcare Reform Panel Discussion
An informational dialogue on the impact of Healthcare Reform from experts in the field as it relates to individuals requiring rehabilitation, home health services or skilled nursing care.

* All seminars are provided at no cost and are eligible for 1 CE U credit (pending approval) for PT s, OT s, RNs, SLPs and Psychologists. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Brooks employees are required to register for CEU sessions on Brooks University. Deadline to Register is Sept. 3, 2010
** General Session is NOT eligible for CEU credit.


If you would like to attend Brooks’ Celebrate Independence event, please call 904.345.7049 or email Brooks.CommunityHealth@BrooksHealth.org by Sept 3, 2010.