Michael DeSoto got a firsthand look at the important work happening at Phoenix Children’s when his daughter, Sophia, was diagnosed with congenital cataracts. Over 20 years later, DeSoto, chief operating officer of window and door manufacturer MITER Brands, is blending the roles of grateful parent and business leader as a member of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) Advisory Board.

1. How did MITER brands first become involved with Phoenix Children's?

Compassion is at the core of what we do at MITER Brands. We have regional offices and one of the largest manufacturing sites in Prescott Valley, and many of our employees have a personal connection to Phoenix Children’s. We’re grateful to give back.

2. What drove you to join the CCBD board?

My life experiences, which include being a parent of a Phoenix Children’s patient, spouse of a doctor, business executive, major event organizer and fundraiser, naval aviator, and the son of philanthropic parents.

3. What is the most rewarding part of your involvement?

The most rewarding thing is learning about the success stories of the kids and the exciting breakthroughs in the fight against childhood cancer.

4. How does MITER Brands support CCBD?

Since our partnership began in 2019, our team members have supported CCBD in many ways, from volunteering to fundraising. Earlier this year, MITER Foundation made a
$1 million pledge to Camp Rainbow [a summer camp for children with cancer or a blood disorder].

5. How do you balance a demanding career and volunteering?

Business needs to be more than earning personal wealth. Volunteer time and giving back are what feed the larger sense of purpose. It’s so rewarding for us to volunteer at Phoenix Children’s, whether we’re painting windows with CCBD patients at Camp Rainbow or playing trivia with families at the hospital.

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