I had hoped to attend but given the fact that I am full time wheelchair user, due to a C3-7 SCI, I didn’t think it would be safe. I have been speaking out for equality for ALL since the late 1960’s as a “young hippy” and have spent my life trying to live up to the words “liberty and justice for ALL”. This is why I feel strongly about being a part of this March.
The photo attached shows me rising out of my wheelchair, using a very special mechanical leg brace. I have used them in 2 local races to raise awareness for the many #posABILITIES of how proper healthcare along with technology can change a person’s life and is worth being payed for by insurance companies! I am a HUGE advocate for health care and all civil rights.
The #PURPLELEGSUP campaign is here to educate and help others! This began as a small gesture to unite supporters of Marka Danielle and Ottobock’s EMAG Active Stance Control Leg Braces. Marka, a C3-7 incomplete quadriplegic, decided to take on Charleston’s Cooper River Bridge Run to raise #AWARENESS of what is #posABLE and to show insurance companies that, yes, technology and other important medical equipment and treatment IS VALID and worth paying for! https://www.facebook.com/PurpleLegsUP/?fref=ts
Marka Danielle has been performing Classical and Modern Ballet and Dance for Musical Theatre since she was nine years old. She was a full scholarship student at both at the Boston Conservatory and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where she was invited into the Ailey’s prestigious Ailey II Performance Company. After a cervical SCI, in 1994 she used her own Ballet based Movement Therapy program to keep her out of a wheelchair. A second SCI in 2012 left her an incomplete quadriplegic, C3-7. Marka now takes her passion for dance to a whole new level, bringing to anyone who wants to watch and/or learn, her expression of the Art along with the message that SCI (or other physical challenges) doesn’t mean life as you knew it has ended, it just means the journey has changed directions.