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Rehab Insights is a blog written by Burke Rehabilitation professionals to offer practical information for patients, families and the community. Its goal is to educate the reader on relevant topics in rehabilitation, general health and wellness.

Fall 2015 Events at Burke

August 11, 2015

TheAdaptiveGirlsSummer may still be in full swing, but fall isn’t far behind. And with it comes lots to do at Burke. As we gear up for a slew of events in the coming months, we wanted to take a minute to share them with you. We hope you’ll join us! For more information on any of the events below, call the Community Relations department at (915) 597-2848.

September 9: Legacy Lobby Lecture Series
Scarsdale resident Harry Waizer, a Cantor Fitzgerald employee who was seriously injured in the September 11 attacks, will discuss his rehabilitation journey in Burke’s upcoming Legacy Lobby Lecture series.

The talk will take place from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the main lobby of Wood Pavilion (building #7) at 785 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains and be followed by a Q&A with Mr. Waizer. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, so please RSVP by calling (914) 597-2848.

The Burke Centennial Legacy Lobby Lecture Series invites notable speakers and key influencers to provide thought-provoking presentations on various topics, from Burke's rich history as a pioneer in rehabilitation to the future of technology in the field of rehabilitation.

September 26: Wheelchair Games
For more than three decades wheelchair athletes of all ages from the tri-state area and beyond have headed to Burke to participate in the annual Wheelchair Games. This year the event takes place on September 26 starting at 9 a.m.– and marks the 36th annual games.

That day, Burke’s campus will be transformed into a unique forum for sportsmanship, camaraderie, and determination. The sporting event allows disabled persons to show their ability in a variety of track, field and table tennis events. Sports are known for their therapeutic benefits and the Wheelchair Games help athletes build strength, coordination, endurance and self-confidence, allowing those with physical impairments the ability to stay active and to enjoy the competition.

Families and members of the community are welcome to come cheer at the event,  listen to the musical entertainment and take part in silent auctions and chance raffles.

Interested in volunteering? The event is produced entirely by volunteers, including Burke employees and people from the community. Learn more about how you can take part.

October 9 – 10: Burke Medical Symposium
In honor of Burke’s Centennial, Burke Medical Research Institute will host a two day symposium focused on the mechanisms that underlie injuries and illnesses of the central nervous system and their treatment. The symposium, titled Burke Centennial Neurorehabilitation Symposium: A Meeting of the Minds, Leading Rehabilitation Research into the Future will welcome prominent speakers from across the country as well as faculty members from BMRI.

The Keynote Speaker is George Yancopoulos, MD, Ph.D., President, Regeneron Laboratories & Chief Scientific Officer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

For more information, contact Eileen Polese at

Support Groups and Fitness Classes: Throughout the year, Burke is home to a number of support groups and fitness classes, which are open to the community. For a full list of support groups, click here. You can also access  the Fitness Center at Burke’s most recent schedule of classes and adaptive sports offerings.

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