Miami, FL, March 15, 2021 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower will be illuminated green at sunset on Thursday, March 25, as part of the national Go Green for Cerebral Palsy Awareness campaign spearheaded by the nonprofit Samantha’s Purpose.
March 25 was designated National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day by the U.S. Congress in 2019. Cerebral palsy continues to be the most common motor disability in children according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which estimates that an average of 1 in 345 children in the United States are diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Now in its eighth year, Samantha’s Purpose’s mission is to raise awareness about cerebral palsy, provide funding through grants for programs, schools, and camps that are fully inclusive and support and improve the quality of life of children with this disability, and to provide guidance and support to families helping them navigate the maze of insurance, government programs, education, and doctors. The organization also advocates for the inclusion of those with Cerebral Palsy throughout the community. Samantha’s Purpose was co-founded by Jose “Manny” Garcia and Michelle Coffey-Garcia, the parents of Samantha Garcia, who lives with cerebral palsy. To learn more, visit www.samanthaspurpose.org.
MDC’s Freedom Tower was the first building ever to be illuminated green for Cerebral Palsy Awareness in 2014 and continues to participate each year.
WHAT: MDC to Illuminate Freedom Tower Green for National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day
WHEN: Thursday, March 25, at sunset
WHERE: MDC’s Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd