We are raising Cerebral Palsy Awareness in South Florida. Mark your calendar for March 1, 2015!!!
HOW SAMANTHA’S PURPOSE HAS ALREADY MADE A DIFFERENCE Samantha's Purpose was started in 2007 as an idea in the backyard of Michelle and Manny Garcia's house, while dining with some very good friends. The first fundraiser was Samantha's 3rd birthday party and was a huge success. In February, 2009, Samantha’s Purpose received notification that their application for 501(c)(3) IRS status had been approved. Immediately the organization became fund raising. Since that time, the monies raised have been used as follows: • July 2009 - two (2) young boys with Cerebral Palsy received Grants for therapy services. The Grants awarded allowed these children to receive approximately 3 months of therapy at the Martha Ware Rehabilitation Center at Baptist Hospital. • In 2010, Samantha’s Purpose was instrumental in raising $4,000.00 to purchase a wheelchair for a 4 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy, and various other health issues. He is not entitled to Government assistance and his private insurance refused to pay for the wheelchair that both his doctors and therapists insisted was needed. • Summer 2010 - three (3) children with Cerebral Palsy were awarded scholarships so that they could attend a summer camp for children with Special Needs. The Creative Adventures Camp allowed these children the chance to go on field trips, enjoy their summer and receive therapy services. • January 2011 - a Grant was awarded to a young boy in order that he could continue to receive therapeutic riding sessions at Good Hope Equestrian Center in the Redlands area of Miami. • January 2011 - funds were donated to Villa Lyan (a school for children with Special Needs) so that they could purchase a special swing for wheelchair bound children and to purchase much needed equipment. • February 2011 - provided a Grant to a young boy with Autism so that he could receive Speech therapy. • April 2011 - donated funds to the Archangel Raphael Foundation for children with Down’s Syndrome. • Summer 2011 - two (2) children were awarded scholarships to attend summer camp programs. One of the children attended the summer camp at Creative Adventure Camp. The other child attended the summer camp at Carpe Diem Academy. • December 2011 - two (2) children were awarded Grants to participate in an Intensive Therapy Program at Blossoms Developmental Therapy Associates in Coral Gables, Florida. • January 2012 - a child with Cerebral Palsy was awarded a Grant to participate in the Intensive Therapy Program at Blossoms Developmental Therapy Associates in Coral Gables, Florida. • March 2012 - two children were provided with Grants to be used to cover the cost of physical therapy services. • April 2012 – funds were donated to Carpe Diem Academy so that they could purchase an iPad to be used in the classroom to help children with Cerebral Palsy communicate. • June, 2012 – grants of $2,000 were provided to two (2) children over the summer so they could participate in the Intensive Therapy Program at Blossoms Developmental Therapy Associates. • September 2012 – provided two (2) grants for children with Cerebral Palsy to take part in an intense therapy program at Blossoms Developmental Therapy Associates. • October 2012 – provided one (1) partial grant for a 2 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy to take part in an intense therapy program at Blossoms Developmental Therapy Associates. • October 2012 – fully funded an art therapy program that will last 4 weeks (from October 13th through November 7th) for 12 children with varying disabilities (i.e. Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down’s Syndrome). The art program is called “Shadow of Light” and is being offered at no cost to the families. - March 2013 - provided a grant to a young boy with Autism so that he could receive 8 sessions of Art Therapy. - Summer 2013 - provided grants to 2 children so they could attend summer camp. - March 2014 - was successful in having the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County and Miami Dade College acknowledge and commemorate Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day on March 25, 2014. Samantha's Purpose (together with Blossom's Therapy Center) received proclamations from the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County Commissioners designating March 25th as CEREBRAL PALSY AWARENESS DAY. June 2014 - provided a grant to a young boy with Cerebral Palsy so that he could participate in an Intensive Therapy Program at Blossom's Therapy Center. Summer 2014 - provided a full summer camp scholarship to a young man with Cerebral Palsy. July 2014 - was able to provide a grant to a young lady with Cerebral Palsy so that her parents could purchase the customized wheelchair for her. August 2014 - provided a grant to a young lady with Tristomy 13 so that she could receive 10 sessions of Art Therapy.
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QUESTION....please tell us what you think the mission of United Cerebral Palsy is? If you were to donate money, what do you think it would be used for? Your honest answers are GREATLY APPRECIATED.