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Apr. 19, 2019 | Friday
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NOTL Ukesters remember Miranda
Alan Ash and Diana Ash present Patti Bauer with a donation check of $1000 on Sunday March 24. (Brittany Carter/NiagaraNow)

Remember Miranda, a charity fund raising money for children’s cancer research, was gifted $1000 by the NOTL Ukesters on March 24.

The charity started as an idea by Miranda Bauer before she tragically lost her battle with cancer on March 27, 2013.

Upon discovering that only four to six per cent of funds donated to Sick Kids goes directly to research into children’s cancers, she decided she would take a stand and fight.

With the support of her mother and father, Patti and John Bauer, and her younger brother, Eric – and armed with $500 given to her by her parents – she organized a BBQ fundraiser event in June 2012.

Through that fundraiser, which included a BBQ, live music and a silent auction, she raised exactly $10,260.38.

After Miranda died as the result of a rare and aggressive form of cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, her family decided to continue the fight.

The Bauer’s now host an annual event to raise money for research for the “grossly-underfunded” children’s cancers.

On April 13, the family will host the Sixth Annual Making More Miracles, in memory of Miranda Bauer. The trivia night with a pasta dinner, silent auction, cash bar and penny tables will be held at John Michael’s Banquet Hall in Thorold. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by emailing jbauer3@bell.net, or texting 905-246-2914.

Appreciating all the support received, Patti Bauer said she will keep raising money for children’s cancers, continuing her daughter’s fight.

She said the tragic loss they experienced shouldn’t have to happen to anyone else.

“Something like what we’ve gone through isn’t something that people expect you to go through, and it isn’t something that they would just know.”

She said when she met Alan Ash of the NOTL Ukesters he was speaking of the charities the group donates to and she asked if he had ever thought about donating to Sick Kids.

“That’s how our relationship started.”

She said it was wonderful and bitter-sweet receiving the check on Sunday.

“It was such a generous thing that they did.”

The ukulele group opened the afternoon by introducing the Bauer family. They played a rendition of With a Little Help from my Friends by The Beatles, in tribute to the Bauers.

Bauer said her family has received support and love from so many, crediting the owners of Niagara Institute of Music and Arts, Rick and Rosa Rose, for being there every step of the way. She said NIOMA has helped with fundraising and events, adding that Miranda and Eric both attended the school for music.

“Rick and Rosa have almost become part of our family. They’ve been so supportive of everything we do, every year, always. And so supportive of what Miranda wanted to do.”

Bauer said Miranda was so focused on making a difference.

“She knew it was a miracle she was still with us.”

Knowing that such a small amount of research deals with the type of cancer she dealt with, Bauer said her daughter kept the fight going.

“It’s 30 years before you have a change in protocol. It’s ridiculous. It’s unacceptable.”

Crediting her daughter with getting the initiative off the ground, Bauer said everything they have done since is all because of her dedication and quality of character.

“That was her thing, she was going to make that difference.”

The difference she has made so far is evident in the amount raised and the support gathered. To date, Sick Kids has received $107,000 from her cause’s fundraising and donations.

Donations can be made to Sick Kids - reference Remember Miranda – T8294.

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