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Suns to honor local girl paralyzed in soccer accident

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The Phoenix Suns and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center will recognize fourteen-year-old Mackenzie Saunders, who has re-learned to walk after being paralyzed in a soccer game four years ago, and her St. Joseph's Barrow Neurological Institute surgeon, Dr. Christina Kwasnica, prior to Monday's Suns-Rockets game at US Airways Center. The presentation will take place at 6:58 p.m. on the Suns' main court.

Mackenzie became paralyzed in the lower part of her body shortly after colliding with another player during a soccer game in 2009, and has made a remarkable recovery after undergoing rehabilitation treatment from St. Joseph's Barrow Neurological Institute's Neuro Rehab Center.

The recognition of Mackenzie and Dr. Kwasnica is part of a "Captain of the Game" program where the Phoenix Suns and St. Joseph's have recognized members of the community each month throughout the season.

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