Samantha's Purpose (a/k/a Voices for Cerebral Palsy) mission is to increase awareness and understanding of Cerebral Palsy through fun community events that bring together families and community members of all abilities and to partner with organizations that have started programs or want to expand current programs that will strengthen, support & nurture individuals with Cerebral Palsy, regardless of their physical needs.
We make a LIVING by what we get, but we make a LIFE by what we give.
Samantha's Purpose was started in Miami, Florida by Jose "Manny" and Michelle Garcia. The organization is inspired by their daughter's life with Cerebral Palsy. They saw firsthand that information about Cerebral Palsy was not easily accessible. They reached out to their friends and shared their idea to start a charity that would raise Cerebral Palsy awareness and provide guidance and financial support to those with Cerebral Palsy. Over the years, this group of parent volunteers have financially provided support to many children with Cerebral Palsy (and various other diagnosis) with the cost of therapy services and special needs equipment. The organization has also provided financial support to different organizations that provide education, summer camp programs or therapy services to children with Cerebral Palsy.
Most recently the Garcia family relocated to the west coast of Florida and are expanding Samantha's Purpose. It is through the support of their friends and Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham, of the Village of Palmetto Bay, that this expansion is possible.
Samantha’s Purpose (together with Blossom's Developmental Therapy Center) is responsible for making sure that National Cerebral Palsy is now acknowledged and celebrated in Miami-Dade County, Florida every year on March 25th.
In 2014 and 2015, it was through our efforts that the Freedom Tower, Miami Tower (f/k/a Centrust Building) and Hotel Intercontinental illuminated “green” in honor of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day.
We are also the recipients of Proclamations from:
- City of Miami (presented by Mayor Tomas Regalado), Miami-Dade County Commission (presented by Commissioner Juan Zapata and Commissioner Rebeca Sosa) and the Village of Palmetto Bay (presented by Mayor Eugene Flinn, Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham and Councilwoman Larissa Seigel Lara) acknowledging that March 25th is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day;
- Miami-Dade County Commission acknowledging March 1st as "Samantha's Purpose Day" (presented by Commissioner Danielle Cava)
Another great accomplishment, achieved together with Blossom's Developmental Therapy Center, occurred on Friday, March 27, 2015. House Resolution 9057 was adopted confirming that March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month in the State of Florida. This House Resolution was sponsored by State Representative Eric Fresen (District 114 – Republican) and State Senator Rene Garcia (District 38). The request was made by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Juan C. Zapata (District 11).