In February 2010, 22 year old Anthony Purcell, a Broward County resident, was in Miami with friends and family to attend the Super Bowl game. He suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury when he dove into the ocean on South Beach. Anthony was diagnosed with a broken neck and two fractured vertebrae. He underwent a four-hour surgery. Anthony spent five weeks in ICU followed by three weeks at the hospital’s rehab facility. Insurance only covered twenty-two days in the hospital.
Since that tragic accident, Anthony has been confined to a wheelchair but works hard to raise money for Project Walk in Carlsbad, California. Project Walk exists to provide an improved quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries through intense exercise-based recovery programs, education, support and encouragement.
Anthony started the Walking with Anthony Foundation to raise funds to send other spinal cord victims to Project Walk. The foundation is committed to educate, support spinal cord injury research, expand the rehab centers, and provide financial assistance to individuals with those injuries. Tragically, thousands of individuals with spinal cord injuries are needlessly trapped in wheelchairs. In the United States today, there are 1,275 million people living with spinal cord injuries. An event to be held for the benefit of the foundation is called “Movement For Change/A Time to Soar” which will be held on Friday, November 2, at Jet Runway Hanger 71 located at 5540 NW 21st Terrace in Fort Lauderdale featuring dinner, an open bar and dancing. Over 400 attendees are expected to enjoy the evening and participate in silent and live auctions. Sponsor packages are available. Visit www.walkingwithanthony.org for more information and to purchase tickets or to make a donation. Or, contact Jennifer Purcell-Midgett at Jennifer@walkingwithanthony.org or at 954-288-5966.
This article has been contributed by Jennifer Purcell-Midgett and Larry Turner.