Amber Jones is an attorney and long time resident of Nashville, Tennessee. In August of 2016 as a result of an unfortunate event Amber found herself a paraplegic. She was sent home from rehab lacking the tools needed to be an tackle life as a wheelchair user. Lift With Purpose heard her story we knew we needed to help. We built a pink and black wheelchair for Amber. She has affectionately named her chair Lucinda. We also made her ramp much safer, and will soon be installing hand controls in her car. Our goal was to give Amber everything to be an independent wheelchair user. We wish her all the best.
Kailyn and Charis Whaley
Two of the most incredible girls I have ever seen! Kailyn and Charis Whaley are ages five and seven. They both have Mitochondrial Disease. As a result they are physically and cognitively delayed and have weak immune systems. Consequently even traveling to therapy is an issue. Lift With Purpose heard there story in May 2015 and had to assist. Lift With Purpose partnered with the Make a Wish foundation to build the Whaley's a therapy room at there home. This way the girls could get the therapy they needed without possibly becoming ill. Make a Wish was able to build the therapy room and provided some therapy equipment. They did an amazing job. Lift With Purpose then held a powerlifting meet and world record attempt in Knoxville Tennessee to benefit the Whaley sisters. Through this effort we were able to raise $1125 for the Whaley sisters to purchase more therapy equipment for there therapy room. Thank you so much to everyone who helped in this effort.
Easton is a delightful three year old boy who has a smile that lights up a room. Easton also has Cerebral Palsy and goes to physical therapy in order to become more independent. However his families insurance only provides so many visits a year. When these visits are depletes they are faced with the burden of paying for them out of pocket which is quite the challenge. This made Easton the perfect first candidate for Lift With Purpose. Lift With Purpose held a powerlifting meet in August at the Mecca in Murfreesboro to raise money for Easton and raised $953.00 As a result he was up to return to Now I Can physical Therapy in Provo, Utah. While at Now I Can Easton received around thirty-five hours of physical therapy in approximately a two week period.
Demetri Whitt or "Meech" as I call affectionately call him was our second Lift With Purpose recipient. He is thirteen. Meech lives in the Knoxville, Tennessee with his dad Stevie and his mom Cynthia. Demetri suffers from Cerebral Palsy. It is some of the most severe I have seen. However Demetri has an unbreakable spirit. This spirit drives him to work hard in therapy both at home and with his therapist. Like most thirteen year olds Demetri is growing quickly, and this has slowed his progress in therapy. As a result the Whitts were looking for something more extreme and they decided on stem cell surgery. That’s where Lift With Purpose came in. We held a powerlifting meet at the Westside YMCA in Knoxville to help raise money for Meech. Thanks to the generosity of those that participated we were able to pay for a portion of that surgery. Thank you again to all who participated at the event as well as those who just made donations. You made this happpen.
Sara Perez is a mature hardworking thirteen year old girl. Just before Sarah's tenth birthday she was paralyzed in a car accident. She suffered a C-4 to T-9 spinal cord injury. Doctors initially told her she would not have any movement from the neck down. Since then Sarah has been attending Project Walk Atlanta working to prove the doctors wrong and she has. Sarah has regained movement in her upper body and is still working every week at Project Walk in hopes of walking again. Lift With Purpose held a bench press competition in Lenoir City, Tennessee on May 2nd 2015 to raise money for Sarah and we were able to raise more the six hundred dollars to help her in continuing to attend Project Walk. Thank you to all who came out and supported Sarah and Lift With Purpose because of you the event was a great success.
When Lift With Purpose was founded the core idea was to assist individual families. We still operate with this intent. However when I heard about Special Kids Inc. in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and the incredible speech, physical, and occupational therapy they provide regardless of the families ability to pay Lift With Purpose had to assist. Lift With Purpose hosted a powerlifting meet on August 22, 2015 at the Golds Gym in downtown Murfreesboro we called “Chaos in the City” As a result of the generosity of the event participants and an incredible donation from one of our corporate sponsors we were able to contribute $1500.00 to Special Kids Inc. so they can continue helping kids in middle Tennessee. Lift With Purpose would like to extend a most sincere thanks to The Dent Man and all who attended “Chaos in the City”.