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Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower to be Illuminated Green for Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day Mar. 25


Miami, March 18, 2014 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower will join institutions and landmarks throughout Miami in illuminating green for National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day on Tuesday, March 25.

 The effort is part of an initiative by the local Samantha’s Purpose organization to bring awareness to Cerebral Palsy. The disease is caused by a host of conditions that affect muscles and joints in the body. It causes joints to weaken or lock over time and can affect a person’s ability to speak.

Illuminating the Freedom Tower green also reflects MDC’s commitment to its students with cerebral palsy. Students living with disabilities are assisted in pursuing their education through the College’s ACCESS program, which provides a range of services during and after college, so that they may succeed.

Samantha’s Purpose is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to provide financial assistance to the parents of children with Cerebral Palsy, between the ages of 3 and 18, that are not eligible for government assistance. Samantha’s Purpose fills the void often left by government and insurance companies, by providing the necessary therapies and/or special needs equipment to children with disabilities through grants. Samantha's Purpose also provides financial assistance by providing scholarships or grants for programs proven to enhance the quality of life of children with special needs.

March 25 was designated “National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day” by the United States Senate.

Freedom Tower Illuminated Green for Cerebral Palsy

  • WHEN: Tuesday, Mar. 25, 6:00 PM - Wednesday, Mar. 26, 5:00 AM
  • WHERE: Freedom Tower at MDC 600 Biscayne Blvd.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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