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Burke Launches Faces of Burke to Showcase Remarkable Recovery Stories

Published November 16, 2016

Starting today, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital will be presenting “Faces of Burke,” a traveling photography exhibit designed to showcase the individuality and courage of our patients. The compelling photographs and stories of the subjects illustrate a diverse and inspiring group of patients who have succeeded in regaining mobility and independence through their experience at Burke.

“Burke treats patients who demonstrate remarkable resilience and determination, striving with such courage during the rehabilitative process,” says Richard Sgaglio, Ph.D., senior administrator at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. “We felt that a photo exhibit would dramatically bring their stories to life for the community.”

The exhibit will be open to the public Nov. 16 – Dec. 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Burke Hospital Lobby (785 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY). Following its showcase at Burke, the exhibit will travel to Ridge Hill in Yonkers and other locations in the region. The featured photographer for the exhibit is Jesse Rinka, who is based in Tarrytown.

The photo gallery will feature portraits of six Burke patients, along with their riveting stories:

  • Max—From amputee to getting back to motocross competitions 
  • Barbara—From orthopedic surgery hiking the Mount Everest trail                
  • Luke—From a paralyzing spinal cord injury to walking on his own
  • Ronald—From a debilitating heart attack to performing surgery again  
  • Susan—From traumatic brain injury to living independently once more 
  • Barbara—From a severe stroke to becoming an aphasia advocate 

“We help thousands of patients each year regain both cognitive abilities and physical strength through our acute inpatient and outpatient programs. ‘Faces of Burke’ will bring the stories of just a few of these remarkable patients to the forefront. We hope their stories bring hope and strength to many others who face the arduous challenges of recovery,” concludes Mr. Sgaglio.

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