Miranda Mead – CureFest Host
Miranda was diagnosed with metastatic Ewing’s Sarcoma on December 1st, 2015. She endured over 8 months of aggressive treatment which included 14 total rounds of chemotherapy (done every 2 weeks), 31 rounds of proton radiation at the Mayo Clinic and 10 days of lung radiation. She completed her treatment on August 1 of 2016. She has a fierce sense of competitiveness in all that she does which kept her motivated throughout her entire cancer treatment. Prior to her diagnosis, Miranda was a typical teen who participated in three sports, played two instruments and got A’s at school. She is optimistic and determined and her signature smile rarely leaves her face.
Miranda began raising awareness about childhood cancer in the early days of her diagnosis. While undergoing treatment she did interviews for local papers and television and runnersworld.com, walked in fashion shows to raise money for pediatric cancer research, accepted a grant from Hyundai on behalf of Children’s Hospital of Minneapolis, and spoke at colleges. Most of all she loves the work she does with The Truth 365 as she is able to reach a larger audience. With her treatment done, Miranda is even more determined to continue raising awareness about childhood cancer and its lack of funding by sharing her journey and inspiring others to live life to the fullest.
Shannan Mitchell – CureFest Host
My name is Shannan Mitchell. I am 18 years old and will be attending the University of Mary Washington this fall. My sister Shayla passed away in 2009 from Hodgkins Lymphoma, and it is because of her and children like her that I have dedicated my life to the advocacy of childhood cancer. I plan to pursue a long career as a pediatric oncology nurse, working within the childhood cancer community for the rest of my life, both through my actual job and through volunteer work. I am a proud Stillbrave Renegade, and I am a firm believer that the more we work together, the bigger change we will see. I am always looking towards a bright future, and that future is painted in gold.
Zoe Enderle Wagner– CureFest Host
Zoe Enderle Wagner is a 17-year-old acute myeloid leukemia survivor from Columbia, Missouri. She’s looking forward to spending another year with friends and going on college visits.
Alvin Jones, Planet Vehicle – CureFest Host
Alvin Jones is the host and executive producer of the television show Planet Vehicle. He helped develop BET, has hosted talk shows on XM/Sirius radio and was a producer for C-SPAN’s Book TV.