Daniel James Miller Foundation

Thanks to Mauro Ranallo and the MMA Show for Speaking with Dan about Danny

The MMA Show is one of the premier MMA podcasts around, hosted by famed announcer Mauro Ranallo. Yesterday the MMA Show was kind enough to have Dan on the show to talk about Danny, PKD and the upcoming fundraisers. Ranallo has been supportive of our efforts from the very first push to help spread the word and on behalf of the Foundation and Danny’s entire family we would like to extend our thanks for the opportunity to further share Danny’s story. To listen to the show, click here.

Elsewhere on the show, Ranallo spoke with MMAJunkie’s Doctor Johnny Benjamin, UFC-vet Rich Clementi and the UFC’s Marc Ratner.

For more on the MMA Show, click here to visit the show’s official web site.

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Chris Weidman Joins the Super Seminar Team

The already UFC-rich roster of pros offering instruction at Saturday’s 4-hour-long super seminar (more information here) has received another boost as UFC Middleweight Chris Weidman has kindly volunteered his time to come out and assist in instructing the seminar attendees. Weidman is widely considered among the brightest young fighters in MMA, and recently improved his record to 7-0 with a first round Brabo choke victory over Tom Lawlor. The win was Weidman’s third under the UFC banner, following a submission-of-the-night guillotine choke against Jesse Bongfeldt, and a debut victory by unanimous decision in which Weidman filled in as a late replacement and halted the three-fight winning streak of Alessio Sakara.

Weidman in action against Alessio Sakara in his UFC debut.

In addition to attending the seminar and sharing tips and tricks from his impressive submission grappling arsenal, Weidman will be donating signed items to the upcoming fundraising auction. The auction will feature items from many UFC fighters as well as professional athletes from other sports, including the Philadelphia Phillies’ Shane Victorino. Follow the DJM Foundation blog and twitter for the latest developments as the auction nears.

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Weidman for his contributions.

For more information on Weidman, check out his web site, twitter and facebook page.

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Thank You from the Miller Family

When we launched this web site yesterday and first passed the link around we did not know what kind of response to expect. While hopes were high due to the fantastic communal spirit the MMA world has shown in the past for a worthy cause, and the fantastic friends and family who surround the Miller family, to say the outpouring of support has been overwhelming is an understatement. The past 24 hours have been an incredible example of the best of human nature and has shown once again the truly wonderful people who make up the MMA community.

Links to the Foundation and offers of support have poured in from around the world. We wish we could thank all those who helped to spread word of our efforts individually but the numbers quickly became much too large and widespread to stay on top of. Please know that every single donation, and every single post and tweet is appreciated. Whether you are family, a friend, a former opponent, a future opponent, a boss, a member of the media or somebody looking to help out a child for no reason more than the kindness in your heart, your consideration and help is truly touching and heartwarming.

Danny’s family is similarly touched by the love and consideration shown so far, and asked to post a statement for all those who have helped to date, and those intending to help in the future:

Kristin and I want to thank you for the overwhelming amount of love and support for our amazing little boy Danny. The generosity that everyone has shown leaves us speechless. We truly appreciate your heartfelt words of support for Danny and our family.

Danny also wanted to say thank you, but he got a little shy when the camera came out so he showed off his animal signs and karate skills instead.

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Introducing the Daniel James Miller Foundation

Greetings, and welcome to the official web site of the Daniel James Miller Foundation, a charitable organization seeking to provide financial assistance to the families of children suffering from Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), a disease which often requires a life-saving kidney transplant in children. Danny Jr. is the second child of UFC Middleweight Dan Miller, and his wife Kristin, and has battled PKD since his birth in January of 2010. Danny has seen some tough times and beaten the odds on more than one occasion to become the happy boy he is today. In less than two months Danny will undergo the kidney transplant he requires in order to have the chance, for the very first time, to live the normal, happy, care-free life that all children deserve. Unfortunately, this procedure is as expensive as it is necessary. In addition to the cost of the medication Danny will need for the rest of his life, the living donor’s surgery has been declared elective, forcing her to pay out of pocket to provide Danny with the kidney he requires. In order to help cover these costs, the Daniel James Miller Foundation has been established. Although currently all donations will go to the costs of Danny and his donor’s surgeries as well as Danny’s medication, in the future the Foundation hopes to continue its fundraising endeavors to not only help Danny and his family, but also to help other families battling PKD to make a positive difference in the lives of many children.

The foundation will be holding its first fundraising seminar on December 3rd at AMA Fight Club in Whippany, NJ. The fundraiser will include two sessions, with a two-hour no-gi grappling session in the morning, a lunchtime meet-and-greet and a two-hour afternoon muay thai session. For more information on the seminar, click the “upcoming fundraisers” link from the menu on the right.

Further information about PKD, Danny and how you can help, is also provided via the menu on the right. Follow the Daniel James Miller Foundation facebook page and this blog to stay up to date on the latest drives and Danny’s progress and recovery as he receives the wonderful gift of a new kidney.

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