- A message from a very thankful father
Cancer is well known in the Miller household where Mike, his wife Barbara, and their daughter Amy have all battled this terrible disease. It is a dreadful day when an adult receives a diagnosis of cancer, but when a child receives this diagnosis, it is unimaginable. While parents must remain brave for their child, terror and uncertainty is the initial reaction of the parents.
In Amy’s case the diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) meant that she would lose most of her teenage years and instead of attending football games and proms, she would have to deal with surgeries, a stroke from the chemotherapy, various incidents of pneumonia, fevers that ran higher than 106 degrees, and the dreaded bald-headedness that she endured during her teenage years. But Amy persevered during her three years of treatment and is now enjoying life as a newlywed with her husband, John Fair III. Additionally, Amy continues to give back to society through her activities on behalf of the Children’s Dream Fund and through her efforts on the planning committee for her local CureSearch Walk!
Each year, more than 40,000 children are in cancer treatment here in the United States and the Miller family hopes to see this staggering number greatly reduced through the curative research being funded by CureSearch. It is for this reason that the Miller family has created the Amy Miller Champion Fund in honor of Amy because the Miller family knows that research saves lives.
As Mike has stated, “Without advanced research, my daughter Amy, my wife Barbara, and I would not be here today. CureSearch has a 25-year history of supporting critical children’s cancer research and is working hard to move findings from the laboratory to the patient using innovative and novel research. I am excited to be on the Board of Directors of this organization that played such a vital role in saving my daughter’s life.”