I’ve never met or talked to Dan Miller. I’m simply a fan of his and how he fights. He’s a guy who has never had an easy fight in the UFC, he’s stepped up on short notice, he’s fought in his opponents hometown, he’s fought under brutal circumstances, but he’s always come to fight.
You hear football experts compliment guys by saying, “that guy is just a football player.” While I hope that anyone who plays football is a football player, I feel like that kind of description fits a guy like Miller. He’s just a fighter. That’s what he knows how to do and that’s what he’s going to do, even after he hangs up his gloves.
Miller gives everything he has inside the cage and once again has to give everything he has outside the cage in order to save his son.
Dan Miller Jr. needs a kidney transplant due to a genetic kidney disorder known as polycystic kidney disease.
You may remember the story about Miller fighting Michael Bisping at UFC 114 despite the fact that his son was admitted to pediatric intensive care because of this same kidney disease. Even though he lost the fight, just stepping into the cage that night showed what kind of character Miller has. He probably shouldn’t have taken the fight, but he needed to step up and make money for his family and he needed to step up and help out the company, which recently lost the scheduled co-main event between Forrest Griffin and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
I’ve always joked that Miller is probably the #1 fighter on Joe Silva’s speed dial because he knows that Dan will step up to fight and the only questions he’ll ask is, “who and when?”
Honestly, because of everything Miller has done for the UFC, It’d be nice if Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta, Joe Silva, and the rest of the organization paid for Dan Junior’s kidney transplant. To be fair, maybe they have chipped in some money, but the cost of the transplant is $100,000, you’d think with how much money the UFC makes, they could spare $100,000 to help the son of one of their fighters who has done everything ever asked of him. For goodness sake, they just gave Cung Le $350,000 for his first UFC bout, so you know they’re not hurting for money.
If you’d like to donate to help Miller Jr. so to the Daniel James Miller Foundation‘s website You can not only donate but read more about the disease, Danny Jr., and get the details on this weekends AMA Fundraiser Seminar.
Also, the fine folks at our Link Club brethren CagePotato.com have set up a fundraiser as well where you can purchase a T-Shirt as a way of donating. You can find the details on that by clicking here.
I’m not a parent and I’m not going to pretend to know what Dan and his family are going through. But as a fan of Miller and the sport, I feel that it’s important that we all be made aware of what’s going on and we all chip in, even if it’s just a couple of dollars.
In closing, I’d like to wish Miller, his wife, his son, and the rest of his family nothing but the best through these tough times. I pray things work out and that Danny Jr. can grow up and watch his father compete knowing that he’s already battled the toughest opponent he’ll ever face.
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