Parrish family to raise National Donate Life flag at Blake

Parrish’s Gretchen Fowler holds a portrait of her son, Anthony, who died at age 11 after part of a hill of dirt caved in on him while the family was living temporarily in California in 2012. Anthony became an organ donor and his organs saved five lives. To honor their son, Gretchen Fowler and her husband, Freddie, will raise the National Donate Life Day flag at Blake Medical Center on Friday. Richard Dymond
Anthony Fowler, 11, was digging a tunnel with a friend while playing in a dried-up ravine in California when dirt caved in on both of them, leaving Anthony not able to breathe while his friend scrambled out safely and ran for help.

Five years after their son’s death, Anthony’s parents, retired U.S. Marine Master Sergeant Freddie Fowler and his wife, Gretchen Fowler, have moved from Tecumseh, California, back to Parrish and have become active members of the Manatee County community, where they have committed themselves to families who have gone through accidental tragedies like their own.

In fact, the couple several years ago created the Anthony Fowler Foundation in Manatee County, which, among other aims, helps stricken families with funeral costs and other matters.

The Foundation is hosting “Rally at the Railroad,” a free event set for noon to 6 p.m. April 29 at the Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish. Continue reading
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