It’s time to soar in Miami

November 9, 2012 by  

Anyone suffering from a spinal cord injury in Miami can benefit from the first annual fundraising event entitled South Florida Movement for Change: It’s Time to Soar. The local gala was held last week at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.

The event is the brainchild of Anthony Purcell, who suffered a spinal cord injury in 2010. After diving head-first into a sandbar at South Beach, Purcell was rushed to the hospital where he remained in a medically-induced coma for six weeks while his lungs collapsed 17 times. Fortunately, he was able to start rehab almost immediately, which made a tremendous difference in his degree of recovery. Today, Anthony can stand with the help of a walker and bench-press 190 lbs.

Recognizing how important immediate access to rehab was to his recovery, Anthony and his family wanted to reach out to those who could not afford the expensive therapy. Proceeds from the first gala will go toward helping three other persons requiring rehab. Anthony’s mother points out that while millions are being invested in research to help patients, there are virtually no programs to help victims who cannot afford rehab.

Promotional tools for this type of non-profit campaign could include media that help to spread the word such as poster printing, brochure printing and flyers. Stationery printing that includes the name of the organization, Walking with Anthony, can also help to promote the cause.

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Database, approximately 12,000 people per year suffer a spinal cord injury.