Seventeen-year-old Miranda has been battling Osteosarcoma, a rare and aggressive bone cancer, since she was 12 years old. She is truly one of the strongest and most courageous individuals I have ever met.
I was blessed to meet Miranda through a wonderful actress, Tara Strong, who had worked with her on a movie through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. After hearing about Miranda's passion for singing and voiceover work, I cast her in an animated movie that I was producing. I was completely taken with her incredible spirit. Miranda is wise beyond her years and has a wicked sense of humor despite everything she’s been through.
Recently, Miranda learned that her cancer has recurred -- in her spine, chest and kidney. Her doctors at her local hospital in Wilmington said there was nothing more they could do except relieve some of the pain. Miranda told them that if that's the best they can do, she would go somewhere else that offered hope.
Miranda and her family decided to go to M.D. Anderson Cancer Clinic in Houston where the doctors have not only offered her a treatment plan, but also... HOPE.
Miranda just completed the first phase of her treatment, which involved surgery to remove the majority of the tumor from her spine. With her typical indomitable spirit, Miranda was soon up and walking, and convinced her doctor to discharge her for a week so that she can attend her high school prom. Miranda will return to Houston May 20th to undergo chemotherapy, radiation and additional surgery.
I love Miranda and pray everyday that she will live a full life and realize all of her dreams. She is my hero.
Faith is beautiful...
Our goal is to raise $50,000 to help cover the many treatment expenses not covered by insurance.
Although money doesn't cure cancer, your donations will give Miranda and her family the support and encouragement to pursue the best possible treatment. It will also give them a break from the constant financial stress they have been under. (Miranda’s Mom, Diane, is attending nursing school so that she will be able to help support the family.)
Every donation helps. Every single dollar counts. Please share this story so that it reaches as many people as possible.
With deep gratitude for your support, generosity and caring...
Elizabeth Daro and the “Cancer Doesn't Rule Miranda” team!
A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT MIRANDA....
- She is the beloved (and occasionally tormenting) big sister to Rebecca and Matthew.
- She sang practically from the moment she was born.
- She’s like super smart.
- She’s a chocoholic.
- She has a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do.
- One of her goals is to teach self-defense to battered women.
- When getting her driver’s license (and still bald) she wondered if she should put “clear” for hair color.
- She’s had voiceover roles in two animated movies, Twinkle Toes and Barbie: Princess Charm School.
- She has a mega metal prosthesis where the doctors removed part of her leg bone.
- She named her IV pole, Lindsay.
- Cancer doesn’t rule her!
From Miranda's Mother's (Diane) Journal...
Miranda has grown into a person that I admire. She has developed character, grace and strength. Of course, she has caused me more worry than one parent should ever have, but I would not change a thing.
I have learned a lot from Miranda. Every day when I think about what she has gone through and what she has accomplished, I think to myself that she is an amazing young woman. Few of us could walk her walk with such grace!
Fighting cancer is hard, emotionally and physically. I don't know why cancer has decided to get ahold of my daughter again, and I certainly don't know why it had to grab her this hard. This is her last chance, her last effort to have a life. And she wants this life, here on earth for a while longer with her friends, and family. She would like to do normal things, like have a boyfriend, and someday have a family. She wants to go to college and go to a prom. She'd love to take a trip for fun. She wants to look cool in her clothes. She wants to feel whole and not sick. She wants to know what God's plan is for her and what he has left for her to do. She wants to hang out, go to movies, shop, and laugh. So many things that are taken for granted that Miranda has not experienced.
I want to help my daughter have the chance to live, because she wants to try. I will need help with this, so I am very grateful for every person that has offered.
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