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Walking With Anthony Gives Spinal Chord Injury Victims Hope

08-10-2011 08:40 AM CET | Associations & Organizations

Press release from: Walking With Anthony

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Los Angeles, CA. (August 9, 2011) – Walking with Anthony, a non-profit organization raising awareness of the impact of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), is on a mission to debunk the myth that victims of this injury have little to no chance of walking again. Something that can happen in a split second, the recovery from SCI takes years and is extremely expensive for anyone to afford, leaving most who suffer from it untreated and without hope as insurance companies usually only cover about 20 days worth of rehabilitation. While the effects of SCI are often perceived as lifelong and unchanging, through education, fundraising and sponsorship, the Walking with Anthony foundation is breaking down barriers and providing the means and hope for these individuals so that they may experience a healthy recovery.

Walking With Anthony is inspired by Anthony Purcell, a young man who was left paralyzed after a diving accident in 2010 fractured his neck and 5th and 6th vertebrae. Dedicated to providing financial assistance for SCI victims while also contributing to the expansion of rehabilitation centers and the support of research relating to SCI rehabilitation, Walking With Anthony was developed by Anthony and his mother Micki Purcell to help individuals get the treatment that they need to walk again. Today, the organization is helping where insurance can’t by providing access to some of the best SCI therapies and treatment centers across the globe.

“My continuous progress and recovery is a testament to what can be done to treat SCI, and through the Walking With Anthony foundation we hope to give others that same opportunity,” said Walking with Anthony Executive Director Anthony Purcell.

“Every day I get tragic letters from families who are crying for help as they do not have the means to finance this very expensive recovery. The thought that treatment is available yet out of reach for most SCI victims is a heartbreaking injustice and it is the Walking With Anthony foundation’s hope that by bringing awareness to SCI and its severity, we can raise the funds necessary to change as many lives as possible and get people walking again,” said Walking With Anthony Founder Micki Purcell.

Since beginning treatment with Project Walk, a program that utilizes activity-based recovery that has proven to help individuals recover from SCI, Anthony has regained strength in his legs and now has the ability to stand using a walker. Each year an average of 12,000 people fall victim to SCI and it is the Walking with Anthony foundation’s hope to enable others to share in Anthony’s success and give them the strength to conquer what is deemed impossible. For more information or to make a contribution to Walking with Anthony, please visit

About Walking with Anthony
On February 6, 2010 Anthony Purcell dived into a shallow water wave, causing critical damage that left his neck broken and spinal cord bruised. Doctors concluded that he, like countless other Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) victims, had little to no chances of walking again. Anthony, determined to beat the odds that had been set against him, began rehabilitation in May 2010. This successful treatment has slowly helped Anthony regain his strength and every day, he comes closer to being able to walk again. As a result of his experience, Anthony and his mother, founder Micki Purcell, created the Walking with Anthony foundation with a mission to give others with SCI the same chance at recovery. A non-profit organization raising awareness of the impact of SCI, Walking With Anthony is dedicated to raising funds to provide financial assistance for SCI victims, expand rehabilitation centers and support research relating to SCI rehabilitation. For more information or to make a donation please visit

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