FundAFighter released a statement today in which they announced that UFC Welterweight Dan Miller is the newest member of the FundAFighter family. In an interview that was posted here on BJPenn.Com last week, Firas Zahabi, who is not only the head coach of Tri-Star, but also one of the founding fathers of FAF, detailed the goals behind the FAF concept. Here is an excerpt from the press release put out by Novarum Communications:
Fund a Fighter announced Tuesday that UFC welterweight standout Dan Miller has joined the FAF family, and that it will be waiving its fees for life for all fundraisers the company hosts to aid with Dan’s son, Danny Miller’s ongoing medical and prescription costs.
Danny, 2, was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) shortly after he was born and has been undergoing dialysis treatments several times per week ever since. In addition to regular trips to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for treatment, the youngster dubbed “the toughest Miller” by his uncle, UFC lightweight contender Jim Miller, takes several medications on a daily basis to lessen the effects of his disease.
According to Dan, he and his wife Kristin are hopeful that they can schedule a long-awaited kidney transplant for their son before the winter.
“I’m hoping the operation happens [by the fall]. We’re still in the planning stages and are coordinating schedules and doing tests, but I think it will happen soon. I just want him to be happy and healthy and the operation will do wonders for him. The kidneys do a lot more than just filter the blood. They produce hormones and regulate vitamins and minerals in the body among other things. When he has a normal kidney, it’s going to make him a completely different kid,” Miller says.”
FAF co-founder and Tristar owner and head trainer Firas Zahabi says that the Millers situation prompted the company to reach out with the offer to help alleviate some of the financial burden the family is facing.
Zahabi and his partners, Robbie Stein and Greg Hoffman all stated that Miller was a perfect fit. Stein was the first one to make a donation to Miller’s campaign. He put up $500 towards the target of $3,000. Miller also released a statement thanking everyone for their continued support. Last year the MMA community raised money to help the family pay for their sons treatment and his prescription costs which are $10,000 per month. Here is what Miller had to say:
“It was definitely overwhelming for us to get the support we did from the MMA community. My wife and I were in awe of the love and support ,” an emotional Miller recalls. “It felt fantastic to know that so many people who had never even met us cared so much about Danny and our family and gave up what they could to help us. We’ll never forget what people did for us.”
Miller is fighting at UFC 152 against Sean Pierson on September 22nd in Toronto. If any of you would like to contribute to Miller’s campaign you can visit the FAF website.
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