Miami Dade College to Illuminate Freedom Tower Green for National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day

Miami, Feb. 21, 2019 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower will be illuminated green at sunset on Wednesday, 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. The Center for Disease Control estimates that an average of 1 in 323 children in the United States have cerebral palsy.

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 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. As part of its annual efforts, Samantha’s Purpose will also host the Run, Walk & Stroll 2K for Cerebral Palsy on Sunday, March 1. For more information, please visit

MDC’s Freedom Tower was the first building to ever be illuminated green for Cerebral Palsy Awareness in 2014 and continues to participate every year.

WHAT:           MDC to Illuminate Freedom Tower Green for National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day

WHEN:           Wednesday, March 25, at sunset

WHERE:         MDC’s Freedom Tower

600 Biscayne Blvd

For more information, please contact Michelle Coffey-Garcia at 305-345-4992.