Without warning, life can change in an instant. The Purcell family knows this all too well. One minute days unfold into the next like gentle waves, the next a flood of fears can leave you searching for answers like a life preserver.
On February 6, 2010, at approximately 11:30am while in south Florida for the Super Bowl, Anthony Purcell dove into Miami Beach waters and didn’t come back up. Having grown up in Florida, he knew the waters very well. He thought the water there was deeper than it actually was, breaking his neck and bruising his C5 and C6 vertebrae. Thanks to his cousin Bernie who pulled him ashore, as well as to the medical personnel who acted swiftly, Anthony survived this life threatening accident, but was now tragically paralyzed.
Walking With Anthony was founded in 2010 by Anthony’s mother, Micki Purcell. Born out of Anthony Purcell’s devastating spinal cord injury, this charitable organization is devoted to helping people cast aside their wheelchairs. Through Micki’s experiences with Anthony’s injury, she learned that many spinal cord injury victims and their families have no idea where to turn for help. Sadly, the majority have limited resources and are thrown out of rehab centers after an average of 20 days.
Based on traditional medical prognosis, victims of spinal cord injury are told their chances of walking again are slim. They’re told to get comfortable in a wheelchair. Micki refused to accept this narrow way of thinking and began delving into the world of spinal cord injury rehab and was disturbed at what she discovered. While watching Anthony improve each day, thanks to the care and work of Project Walk, as well as numerous organizations and individuals, she learned that so many other people’s rehab stories ended tragically. Simply put, most suffering from a spinal cord injury don’t have the resources necessary to achieve a fruitful recovery. With limited funds, they’re given a month of care for an injury that can require years of rehab.
So now Micki Purcell gets out of bed each morning with a fierce purpose. She’s driven to see her son walk again and to help as many spinal cord victims also possible through the Walking with Anthony foundation. With approximately 10,000 new spinal cord injuries diagnosed every year, every penny donated to Walking With Anthony goes directly into the charity’s work with those who are emotionally and financially drained by these tragedies.
Today, Anthony’s progress has been nothing short of remarkable. Every day brings a small step towards his ultimate goal. He is well on his way to one day walking again. Thanks in large part to the support of his family and their incredible faith, Anthony and his family are the perfect advocates for the charity that bears his name.
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Walking with Anthony is blessed to have several business partners and countless donors that help to fund the work we do and the grants that we award. In addition to soliciting donations straight from our website, Walking With Anthony holds various events and fundraising initiatives to ensure that our work continues to help as many families as possible.
Donate to Walking With Anthony here or by mail: Walking With Anthony 9903 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 1024, Beverly Hills, Ca. 90121 | Tax ID: 27-4117859. We appreciate your support and interest in our work.
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Walking with Anthony touches the lives of families all around the country. We could always use a helping hand. So whether you’re interested in fundraising, volunteering at an event or donating your time and professional skills to the cause, we welcome any and all people who seek to take up the fight. Visit Volunteer for more information.