2020 MCSCI Child Ambassador
Mirakle was born September 18, 2006 in Indianapolis, IN. She was born with Sickle Cell SS, a disease she inherited as a result of both of her parents having the Sickle Cell trait. Mirakle is 13 years old and has been with her maternal grandmother, Gloria Andrews (whom she lovingly refers to as “Nana”), since birth, and her two siblings, Fantasia and Quantell Wakefield. She attends Belzer Middle School in Lawrence Township.
Mirakle and her grandmother have been coming to the Martin Center since she was 4 years old. Her doctor and nurses at Riley Hospital referred them to the Martin Center as an additional resource to help them become better educated on the disease and broaden their network of other families affected by the disease. They’ve met many people and learned a lot about Sickle Cell.
Mirakle is excited to be a Child Ambassador for the Martin Center so she can help inform youth about sickle cell and how it impacts them. When asked what has the Martin Center done for her, she responded – “It gives me a break from the world that doesn’t understand me.” Mirakle further stated that the people at the Martin Center treat you like family and provide a loving, supportive and nurturing atmosphere that makes you glad you are there.
Mirakle likes coming to the Martin Center because it provides her with a ton of information about Sickle Cell and what’s happening to you when you are in a “crisis”. She’s learned how important it is to go to the doctor when you’re in a crisis, and the more you know about it, the less trips you have to make to the hospital. She’s learned how the cold weather really affects your joints and that movement is important.
Mirakle is a shy, soft-spoken young lady who feels the love and support of her family. She enjoys dancing, watching dance videos, watching scary and Hallmark movies, spending time with her family and texting her friends. Her favorite food is chicken nuggets. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Mirakle says – “I want to be a physical therapist so I can help people heal and be with their families”.
Mirakle states – “I am looking forward to being a Child Ambassador for the Martin Center because it is an opportunity to branch out and touch more people”.