The Miranda K. Zeigler Memorial Foundation
Bringing smiles to teens with cancer at Penn State Hershey
Children's Hospital and their families and supporting charities that
help children and teens with cancer.
Miranda's Smile wants to honor Miranda's memory by doing what
she wanted to do: caring for and loving and bringing "smiles"
to other teens with cancer. We learned through Miranda that cancer
for a teen is a whole different journey than for a child or an
adult and we want to meet them where they are and go along the
journey with them.
The mission of Miranda's Smile is to raise money to provide
"smiles" to teens with cancer at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.
Miranda’s Smile provides mini-wishes like laptops. We feel that the
laptop was EXTREMELY helpful and joyful for Miranda when she
was sick. Laptops are great for treatment days, inpatient stays,
homebound instruction, and when being a "shut in" at home.
Some teens choose iPod Touch, iPad, game systems, etc. as their
mini-wish. These are all items that help with the long hours in clinic
for treatment, inpatient stays and homebound. They also provide a "smiles"
for treatment days and inpatient stays, which may include Visa Gift Cards,
hobby items, video games, movies, etc. When there is a need, they also
provide “family smiles” to help parents and siblings with the financial
struggles of inpatient stays which may include things like gas money,
special grocery needs for the teen and families, for non-prescription medical
needs at home, food money for clinic days and hospital stays for the teen and
family, toiletries and "comfy" stuff for inpatient stays for the teen and
families, and many more things depending on the needs of each
individual teen and family and availability of funds.
Miranda’s Smile also provides "smiles" through holiday and special event
gift bags for teens, tweens and children on the Pediatric Oncology Wing at
Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and supports the Four Diamonds
Fund and other charities that help children and teens with Cancer.~
A teen patient or familiy can register via website, phone, email, or contacting Pediatric Oncology Social Work at PSHCH.