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The ceremony is the initiative of Patti Bauer, who lost her daughter Miranda to a rare form of childhood cancer; “We need more awareness, gentler, more effective treatments and, please God, a cure”

This morning Thorold Town Hall held a flag raising ceremony in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month which takes place every September.

The ceremony was hosted by Patti Bauer who lost her daughter Miranda to a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma.

“Only four to six cents of the research dollars raised go to children,” Bauer said, in a speech outside City Hall. “Four to six cents on every dollar, that’s it, pennies for our future. We need to change that. We need to screw the cancer, we need more awareness, gentler, more effective treatments and, please God, a cure.

Patti’s daughter, Miranda, was diagnosed in September 2011 when she was just 16 years old.

“My daughter’s cancer represents 3% of newly diagnosed cancers worldwide,” Bauer said. ThoroldToday. “The [chemo] protocol she was on was the first breakthrough in 30 years. We got involved with the Hospital for Sick Children because of his treatment. We discovered reports that there was no research, so Miranda took it upon herself to start fundraising.

Miranda designed her own t-shirts that said, “Aim for Cancer” and began selling them to fund research.

“In June 2012, she hosted an event and raised over $10,000,” says Bauer. “She took everything to the hospital for sick children and gave them, ‘Here, do something with it’.”

Miranda sadly passed away on March 27, 2013, but Patti and her family have kept her legacy alive in their ongoing efforts to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.

They sell Miranda’s t-shirts and hold various fundraisers throughout the year, such as the music for miracles party on September 17.

“Our son is in the Stone Blind band,” Bauer says. “He pays homage to his sister with his music. She was his biggest fan, they were extremely close. For him, it’s his way of honoring and missing her.

Nowadays Miranda Miracles Fund has raised over $145,000 for childhood cancer research.

To raise awareness, Bauer will be participating in several other flag-raising ceremonies in other Niagara municipalities this week, and in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Thorold Town Hall will be lighting gold every September evenings.

Reed, Griffin and Trenton were also present at this morning’s flag-raising ceremony in Thorold, all three survivors of childhood cancer.

“Thank goodness they survived,” Bauer said. “They are so strong and their families are such a support network for those of us who have lost but also for those of us who are surviving. It’s a small world unfortunately so we lean on each other.

Bauer hopes that through her efforts, more people will become aware of childhood cancer so that one day a cure will be found.

“You have to know that there are childhood cancers because so many people don’t know about it,” she says. “You should know that these are brutal treatments. Children need gentler, gentler and more effective treatments to survive. »