Roger Ebert makes public appearance in Chicago

September 6, 2008 9:14:49 PM PDT
The world-renowned Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago received four stars from film critic Roger Ebert at a gala Saturday night.The Pulitzer Prize winner has been attending the Toronto Film Festival this week, but Ebert flew in just for the event at the Chicago History Museum.

The RIC Medicine Ball raised funds to support its groundbreaking cancer rehabilitation programs.

Ebert credits the institute with helping him regain his strength and quality of life after critical surgeries.

"I am happy to say I am cancer free and living a life which gives me enormous amount of satisfaction and joy," Ebert said with the help of his computerized voice.

"He's a good example of the human spirit. He survived multiple surgeries and cancer, and we like to think Roger is back to where he was. He may not be back the same way, but he's doing what he's always done," said Dr. James Sliwa of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

ABC7 Chicago's own Kevin Roy will have more about how the RIC got Roger back on the movie beat in an upcoming special segment.


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