The parents of a southeastern Wisconsin girl who was stabbed 19 times and miraculously survived ask that Tuesday, June 10th be designed as “Go Purple” day. Supporters are encouraged to wear purple — the survivor’s favorite color, in support of her. 


The family has also issued a statement about the event and provided an update on her medical condition:


“On May 31, 2014, our 12-year-old daughter went into the woods in Waukesha, Wis. to play hide-and-seek with two of her friends. Merely a ruse, the two friends stabbed her 19 times and left her for dead. Remarkably, she found the strength to live and crawled to a nearby street where she was found by a passerby. She sustained stab wounds to her arms, legs and torso and underwent extensive surgery to repair wounds to multiple internal organs. Her tubes and drains have since been removed, and she is currently recovering at home in the care of her family and friends.


Her physical wounds, thankfully, are healing more quickly than anticipated and her pain is decreasing daily. For that, we are so grateful. She sleeps well at night but gets tired and overwhelmed very easily during the day. We are trying to get back into a regular routine and enjoy the activities we did before the incident. Since coming home, our daughter has enjoyed spending time outside and getting fresh air as well as running a few quick errands with her mom. She spent time watching many episodes of ‘Full House’ alongside her ‘guard pets’, which consist of a family dog and two cats. Like any older sister, she has also managed to continue teasing her younger brother.”


We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from the surrounding community, across the country, and even overseas. We are especially grateful for those supporters who have made and sent purple hearts, as well as those who have donated to the Hearts for Healing fund. Our daughter has already received dozens of purple hearts, along with other care packages, letters and well wishes, and for this, we can’t thank the community enough.

Our focus moving forward is to relax, bond and establish a ‘new normal’ together as a family. We know that we have a long road ahead but will recover from this in time. Again, we truly thank everyone for their support.” 


You're encouraged to share photos of yourself wearing purple...or making purple hearts on Facebook at:

or by sharing messages of healing prayers and hope by following the #heartsforhealing campaign on Twitter. 


Wear purple day was all the excuse our daughter Sofia needed..."I'll sit in the purple chair too," she cried! The 3 missing teeth are not props for the photo. Thanks Murphy n Meg. Sofia loves your show!  Photo courtesy of her father, Emilio.


Supporters interested helping the family meet mounting medical and legal expenses are encouraged to make a donation online at or by visiting a BMO Harris Bank branch.