It’s been more than three years since Niagara College faculty member John Bauer lost his child Miranda to cancer, but he and his family continue to honour her by continuing what she began — fundraising for pediatric cancer research.
“While Miranda was in treatment at the Hospital For Sick Children we discovered that a meagre 4% of cancer research funds raised are directed to pediatric cancer research,” Bauer said. “When Miranda heard this, she decided to help make a difference by giving back to an institution that gave her (and us) so much).”
Miranda ran a fundraiser called Celebration of Miracles in June 2012. “She called it a celebration of miracles because it was a miracle she was still with us,” Bauer recalled, noting that the single-evening event raised more than $10,000.
Miranda’s efforts didn’t end there. She designed t-shirts and travel mugs with a ‘screw cancer’ logo which have been used by the Rally for Kids with Cancer at SickKids with the family’s permission and blessing. She also participated the SickKids’ ‘You got it’ photo and commercial campaign where all proceeds went to SickKids for research.
“Miranda’s spirit was never broken,” said Bauer, who noted that a Toronto Star featured an article called “The unbroken spirit of Miranda,” written by Bauer and his wife, Patti.
After Miranda’s passing, the Bauers decided to continue her work as a way to honour her. They now raise research funds and awareness for SickKids and have a designated Remember Miranda fund, monitored by the SickKids Foundation, which has raised nearly $100,000 to date.
The Bauers host various fundraising events under the moniker ‘Making More Miracles.’ Their next event, Music for Miracles, will be held on Saturday, November 26 at 4 Triple 5 in Niagara Falls, featuring feature local bands Stone Blind, Rick Rose Raisin Pie, and Shady Business. It is a licensed event and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets / admission is $5 a person and may be purchased at the door or on the Making More Miracles in Memory of Miranda Bauer Facebook page.
Bauer noted how the talent for the event is close to the heart. His son, Eric, who is an accomplished guitarist, bassist and drummer, is a member of one of the performing bands, Stone Blind. Eric also attends Niagara Institute of Music, which Miranda attended as well, run by Rick Rose — who is also performing,
Making More Miracles fundraisers also include Trivia nights held at John Michael’s Banquet Hall in Thorold. The next trivia night will be on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Tickets will be $25 per person including dinner, trivia night, entertainment, a silent auction and prizes.
Bauer noted that for all of the events, 100% of the event proceeds will be donated to oncology research at SickKids— specifically to Dr. David Malkin who treated Miranda for almost two years.
“Dr. Malkin is the type of physician everyone should have — encyclopedic knowledge of medicine along with a kind and supporting bedside manner,” Bauer notes. “He gave Miranda his personal cellphone number — when you call, he answers.
“We are fortunate to have such a world-class hospital so close. I don’t know what we would have done without them. That is why our fundraising, although difficult for us, is so important,” he said. “No one should have to lose their child.”
Bauer joined Niagara College as a professor of Justice Studies in August. He previously worked in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; Global Affairs Canada; and the Canadian Border Services Agency.
For more information about Making More Miracles visit ‘Making More Miracles in Memory of Miranda Bauer’ on Facebook.