Miranda Mead, 17, of Plymouth, Minn., a junior at Wayzata High School, raises funds and awareness nationally in the battle against childhood cancer by appearing in public service announcements, sitting for photo shoots, and sharing her own story at speaking engagements. A former cross-country runner, Miranda first thought the pain in her back was a running injury. But days after her 16th birthday, tests revealed she had Ewing’s Sarcoma, an aggressive type of bone cancer. During her long periods of treatment in the hospital, “my father and I would walk the oncology floor where I witnessed many young children suffering,” said Miranda. “I was very inspired by the fight these little kids had, and it became extremely important for me to turn this negative experience into something positive.”
At a local fundraiser, Miranda learned about an organization called The Truth 365, whose goal is to educate and mobilize people to join the fight against childhood cancer. After expressing interest in working with the group, Miranda began participating in its cancer awareness photo shoots and public service announcements. She also started speaking at local and national events, sharing her story with audiences and helping to raise money. In addition, Miranda hosted a weekend event in Washington, D.C., that The Truth 365 puts on annually to unite childhood cancer foundations and families whose children are fighting cancer. Today, Miranda said, she is cancer-free and will continue to advocate for kids with cancer.