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About Miranda

About Miranda

Written by Anastasia Christodoulou, Miranda's mother.

Miranda-Marina was born on the 11th of December 2007. Due to complications during delivery, Miranda was left severely brain damaged and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.

Miranda lived for 4 beautiful years, but passed away on the 25th of February 2012. My life, from that moment, had irrevocably changed. In her short-lived life she became an inspiration to all who were privileged to know her. It was through her sense of sight that she learned to express herself, although she never learned to speak or walk. Miranda was a child whose eyes spoke a thousand words.

Miranda taught me to truly appreciate life and to be grateful for everything that we have. The most significant message she instilled in me was to help others who, for one reason or another, are born into this world less fortunate than most and have to endure a life of disability.

A year after Miranda was born, my mission became to help other children like her. I was privileged to meet Andreas Demetriou, at the Alma (the centre that Miranda had attended for her therapy). Our meeting marked the start of a very strong and solid alliance between myself and the YDDQ Foundation.

Since the first 'I'd Rather Walk than Drink and Drive' Charity Walk in 2009, the Miranda team has grown in strength and support each year. By carrying out Miranda's work, her legacy can live on. The Alma Centre has benefited tremendously from The Miranda Fund, due to it's affiliation with the YDDQ Foundation. The aim of the Miranda fund is to help children with physical disabilities. To date, six tetraplegic wheelchairs have been bought and donated to The Alma. Under the Miranda fund we are now also providing financial support to children who attend physio and occupational therapies. Our long term plan is to build an all Purpose Centre for children with a variety of 'Special needs'.

I strongly believe I was destined to work with Dr. Yiota Demetriou the Dancing Queen Foundation. Despite the fact that our lives were brought together through the worse tragedy imaginable, losing a child, we have managed to turn tragedy around and make a beneficial move forward because we share the same dream!

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