Graceful Miranda August 31, 2015 5:39 PM


Miranda is like any other typical 16-year-old teenager. She loves listening to music, playing the piano and hanging out with friends. Miranda is diagnosed with spinal cord injury and uses crutches to walk. When she was 5 years old, she was diagnosed with a spinal cord tumor. She had surgery to take it out and as a result suffered spinal cord injury. Miranda’s doctors thought she would be wheelchair bound forever, but it was something that she refused to accept. Her mission was to walk again. With intense physical therapy, Miranda progressed from using a wheelchair, to a walker and finally to crutches. She credits her progress to her team of supporters, including Variety – The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin, who provided her with her very own adaptive bike. She uses her adaptive bike as an additional form of exercise, which helps strengthen her legs, which in turn helps with her walking. Miranda enjoys riding bikes with her little sister and using her bike as a form of transportation to visit her grandparents.

Miranda was a guest of honor and presented the Variety awards at the Gala Dinner during the 2015 Variety – the Children’s Charity World Conference in Milwaukee. Thank you Miranda for doing such a graceful job!