Bill Miranda is a leadership trainer, coach and motivational speaker. He has worked with thousands of men and women to help them develop and improve their leadership skills in order to lead their organizations successfully.
Bill is a U.S. Air Force veteran and has completed graduate studies in leadership and organizational management. He is a former Fortune 500 executive who worked at IBM, Xerox and Data General and has been at the forefront of the computer technological revolution. He went on to become an entrepreneur and a leader in the barcode data collection industry and built one of the leading data collection companies in Mexico.
Bill sold his company and joined the consulting industry. His clients were large companies throughout the U.S., Mexico, Europe and China. Deciding to reduce his business travels, Bill focused on consulting for local small businesses as a member of the Small Business Development Center. He then became a founder and CEO of the Santa Clarita Latino Chamber of Commerce.
Always being active in the Santa Clarita community, Bill was elected to the City of Santa Clarita City Council and in 2021 was its sitting mayor. Bill continues as a City Councilman.
Discovering that one has cancer is devastating, but the pain becomes even worse when it's your own child. Accepting the news of an incurable cancer diagnosis is a challenging journey, accompanied by denial, anger, sadness, and eventually acceptance. In my case, finding acceptance was possible because of my daughter Eva's incredible courage, strength, commitment, determination, and love.
Eva has become an influential ambassador for the Metavivor organization. Inspired by her example, my fight is not only for Eva's survival, but for the survival of countless others facing stage four cancer.
Together, let us make a difference by supporting awareness, funding research, and providing hope for a brighter future.
At the young age of 41 I decided to get my first mammogram. That mammogram turned into an ultrasound which turned into a biopsy which turned into a phone call from my doctor that I had breast cancer. I was shocked. I was very active and felt healthy working as a dermatology representative and raising my three young children who were 3, 5 & 9 at the time. To make matters worse, I had a PET scan which determined that the cancer was not simply in my breast, but it was also up and down my spine, in my hips and there were innumerable breast cancer tumors in my liver. For this reason, I was immediately considered a metastatic breast cancer patient.
Before I was even allowed to begin chemotherapy, I was immediately rushed to the hospital to get a prophylactic rod placed in my left femur to prevent the cancer from eating away my hip! Thanks to wonderful medications and research, I am here today four years later to tell the story. It's not easy living with MBC. For example, I have had the cancer spread to my brain which was daunting to say the least. Another more obvious example is that I spend every day wondering if I will live long enough to watch my kids graduate from high school, or even elementary school.
METAvivor has been an inspiration and passion of mine because they allocate money to institutions that are specially focused on identifying more treatments for the already metastatic patient. Furthermore, 100% of the donations to METAvivor go directly towards research. I am alive today and getting infusions every three weeks because of previous research.
In between fighting cancer, you will see me hanging out with my husband Jon and our new puppy, cheering on my 3 children at baseball, basketball and soccer or catching up with family & friends. My dream is to be 70 years old and still thriving.