Team Miranda Strong, Inc.

We are a 501 (c)3  honoring a life that ended too soon. Miranda DeOnofrio suffered a fatal asthma attack on November 18, 2017, while attending the University of Central Florida.  A seasonal allergy sufferer for many years, she had not been diagnosed with asthma. This foundation raises awareness for allergies and asthma, while continuing Miranda's legacy. If you have asthma, allergies, or  food sensitivity and are in need of assistance covering your medications/equipment, please contact us. For educational resources, please use the following websites for helpful information. To  learn more about maintaining your allergies & asthma with free handouts, visit  Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America.


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Miranda Ann DeOnofrio

1997-2017


No parent ever wants to believe that their child could go before them. In the very early hours of November 18, 2017, Susan & Richard DeOnofrio arrived at Oviedo Hospital, 2 hours from their home in Port St. Lucie, to find out that their 20 year old daughter, Miranda, had passed away from an asthma attack. A long time allergy sufferer, Miranda only had asthma related symptoms when suffering from her allergies. This news was devastating.


Miranda was a life long resident of Port St. Lucie, Florida, before moving to Orlando, in the summer of June 2015, after graduating from Port St. Lucie High School. A private school student since kindergarten, Miranda chose to leave the private sector, to attend public high school. She chose PSLHS due to her love of the arts. Whether behind the curtain or in front of it, her love of Broadway kept her involved with the drama department.


As a Girl Scout, she earned the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. The Gold Award is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn. She received the Presidential Award for her community service hours.


In April, 2011, Miranda received spinal fusion surgery to correct a condition called Scoliosis at the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Tampa. Her spine, being a curvy S, was corrected to almost a straight spine with 2 rods and 24 screws. It was at the age of 14, Miranda started Standing Straight 4 Scoliosis. It was this charitable foundation that enabled her to be a patient ambassador for the hospital until she aged out the system at 18. Through Scoliosis awareness walks, toy drives, and a fashion show, Miranda was able to give back to the hospital that so graciously provided for her.


After graduating in June 2015, with high honors, Miranda enrolled into UCF (University of Central Florida). At the time of her death, she was a junior studying Forensic Psychology. She was inducted in April 2018, as an eternal Knight. Miranda loved football, the Cleveland Cavaliers, her job at Old Navy that she held for over 3 years and being a UCF Knight.


Team Miranda Strong was formed in April 2018 to raise awareness for allergies and asthma, to honor Miranda’s legacy and to continue her work in the community. Proceeds will benefit the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America and the Miranda DeOnofrio Scholarship Fund & local charities dear to Miranda, especially animal shelters.


Miranda’s zest for life and her oversized personality gave all who loved her wonderful memories. Through this loss, we will celebrate the wonderful person that she was and continue her life’s work as she would have wanted us to do so. As the saying became in this tragic loss…”Live Like Miranda.”