Husband and father of 3 amazing kids – Zoe 11, Zachary 9 and Max 7. I received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and an MBA from the university of Michigan. I’ve worked in marketing at Bell’s Brewery, inc for the last 6 years, and at Kellogg’s in marketing for the 5 years prior. My precious free time is spent playing with my kids and cheering on the Spartans (go green!), Michael was my nephew, and I will always cherish the time we spent together at the movies, at our family cabin up north, our adventures on the golf course and cheering him on at football games. Being able to help fight pediatric cancer and supporting the organizations that Michael was active in is something that brings me great pride. We will help find a cure.
I am a wife and mother of 3 boys. I am a full time preschool teacher and absolutely love children. The Michael Miller Memorial Foundation is very dear to me. About 10 years ago I became friends with Tracy when Michael and my oldest son Austin were playing jr. Bearcat rocket football. Tracy then came to work in my classroom at valley view. We quickly became the best of friends, and part of each other’s families. I was devastated when I learned of Michael’s cancer diagnosis. After Michael passed, I wanted to do something to honor his life and his name. I asked Tracy if we could take cinch sacs filled with games and toys for the kids who are admitted at Motts Children’s’ Hospital. This was our first endeavor to do good in Michael’s name, and Big Mike’s Saks for Life was born. When tracy asked me if I wanted to be on the board of directors for the foundation, I was honored. My hope is that one day we will help fund a program that finds a cure for childhood cancer.
I started the Michael Miller Memorial Foundation in 2018 to honor my son Michael, who passed away in July 2017 from DIPG at the age of 14. Michael fought bravely for 20 months after his diagnosis, and we needed to celebrate his life and keep his memory alive, while raising money to help fight childhood cancer – especially DIPG.
I am a wife, mother to 4 wonderful kids and a grandmother to 10 fantastic grandkids. I have worked at Walmart for 18 years which is where I met Tracy. We became very good friends. Our kids were young when we all met and over the years we have become family. It was devastating to hear that Michael had cancer. We never think that something like cancer will hit so close to home and when it does it changes everything. When Tracy asked me to join her and some of the people closest to her form a board of directors, I was excited to say yes. I hope in the years to come that DIPG researchers can find a cure.
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I am proud to be on the Board for the Michael Miller Memorial Foundation. I am happily married and the proud mother of our 20 year old daughter. I never knew Michael but I can truly say since joining this wonderful and giving foundation, I have learned a lot about Michael and the wonderful and strong willed person he was. Cancer is a terrible thing and a child should never have to live through this horrible disease or lose their life from it. My hope is that someday there will be a cure for all cancers and it will include the help of the Michael Miller Memorial Foundation.