Miranda's Smile

Bringing "Smiles" to teens with cancer at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital

      "Miranda's Smile" was begun in memory of a beautiful girl who's smile was contagious ... it was so bright it warmed your heart.

                                                                                                                   

                                                                               In Loving Memory of Miranda Kaye Zeigler

 In memory of her strength and courage in the face of childhood cancer

 

Miranda's 8th Grade School Picture, Fall 2007

 

New Years Eve, December 31, 2007

 

 Miranda and her brother Scott, Summer 2008

 

Miranda with her "cousins" at the Jonas Brother Concert in Hershey, PA

Left to Right ... Travis, Stacia, Gabby, Miranda, and Amelia :)

 

Miranda and her brother Scott at Six Flags over St. Louis on July 29, 2008

ugh ... heat index was 112 that day ... 9 days before diagnosis ...

 

 

 

Tammi, Scott, Miranda and Jeff Zeigler .... August 2, 2008 ... Great Grandma Nanny's 89th Birthday in Missouri ... 5 days before diagnosis.                            

 

   

Fall 2008, 9th Grade/Freshman Year, on her new laptop working on homebound Instruction.  Diagnosis Aug 7, 2008. Treatment started Aug 7, 2008 ... a few weeks later 9th grade started ... our little girl was a high schooler now ...

 

Miranda and her cousin Jennifer, Fall 2008 PSHCH

Miranda and her friend Andrea from NYC, Fall 2008

 

PSHCH, Fall 2008

 

Miranda and her brother Scott, Dec 23, 2008

 

Christmas Day, 2008, our Angel's last day at her earthly home .... 36 more days at PSHCH and then on to her heavenly home .... we miss you :(

                                                                                       Miranda's Cancer Journey

On August 7, 2008 our lives were forever changed. Our daughter, Miranda, a Northern High School Freshman was diagnosed with High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She had a large mass in her chest and her treatment began the very day of diagnosis and the prognosis was good. Very quickly though, things began to go wrong.

Dangerous infections, numerous pneumonia’s, diabetes, and she had awful reaction to every chemo they threw at her. On the 29th day of treatment her chemo caused her first stroke and she never walked unassisted again.After so many infections, her lungs and digestive system became damaged and he had a feeding tube the rest of her life. She became so ill that 80% of her entire battle with cancer was spent in the hospital. She received hundreds of bags of blood and platelets to no avail. But our answer to all these mysteries was to come. Just 4 ½ months after being diagnosed with cancer she was told that she had developed a rare blood disease as a complication of her treatment. One in 1.2 million children diagnosed with cancer develop this condition. Secondary Hemo phag o cytic lympho histio cytosis. She was looking at a 2% chance of survival if she could get healthy enough to get her bone marrow transplant. In the meantime her cancer relapsed. After two longshot treatments, doctors from five other US children’s hospitals, international researchers, finally she developed an antibiotic resistant lung infection. Quickly she went into lung, kidney and heart failure. In the pediatric ICU she was placed on dialysis and a ventilator and after expending all medical technology, 5 months and 3 weeks after diagnosis, a mere 176 days, on January 30 2009 at the age of 14 years and 8 months Miranda went to heaven. Throughout her journey, with every obstacle, with every struggle she was brave and strong, an inspiration, a hero.

 

                                                                              The Miranda K. Zeigler Memorial Foundation

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