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Mother and Paralyzed Son To Hold Spinal Cord Injury Fundraiser

1pKMiR.St.56.jpeg Tomorrow evening, Anthony Purcell and his mother, Micki, who have co-founding the non-profit Walking With Anthony, are hosting a fund raiser for spinal cord victims. Anthony, 24, became paralyzed in February 2010 while vacating in Florida with his family. Anthony dove into the water off South Beach and crashed head first into a sandbar. He spent six weeks at Jackson Memorial and suffered paralysis, a broken neck and two bruised vertebrae. He spent most of the six weeks in a medically induced coma and survived seventeen lung collapses.

As soon as he was able to, Anthony became his rehabilitation treatment, which he believes has made all of the difference. When he first started rehab, Anthony couldn’t even move himself into a sitting position, but is now able to stand with help of a walker and can bench press almost 200 pounds. Anthony and his mother created the foundation to help others receive the same time of rehabilitative services Anthony benefitted from. The Purcells created their foundation when they realized that despite the extensive amount of money donated to spinal cord research, there was little money available for patients in need of rehabilitative services. So far, the foundation has raised around $250,000 and has helped three others with spinal cord injuries.

The benefit, South Florida Movement for Change will present grants to Nick Williams and Chris Hickox, who attended the same high school as Anthony. Williams was left paralyzed from the waist down when injured in a car accident and Hickox suffered a spinal cord injury after an ATV accident. The grant will allow the men to receive treatment at the same facility as Anthony, the Project Walk Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center. Dr. Allan Levi of Jackson Memorial Hospital, Anthony’s surgeon will be honored at the banquet. Kevin Everett, who suffered a spinal cord injury while playing for the Buffalo Bills, and his wife are honorary chairs of the event.

Mother, son hosting fundraiser for spinal cord injury victims, www.miamiherald.com October 31, 2012.


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