Daniel James Miller Foundation

Update on Danny Jr. and the Memorabilia Auction

Greetings, everyone. As you know, Danny’s surgery for his kidney replacement was scheduled to occur in late January, this Saturday. You may also have noticed Jim giving a shout out to little Danny at the end of his fight, and the emotion on display as he did so. Unfortunately, Danny has had a rough couple of weeks and his surgery has been delayed indefinitely. About two weeks ago little Danny suffered a stroke, a complication of an infection he received as a result of the tubes he has to use for his PKD-related treatments. Danny has been returned down to the fine folks at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who did such fantastic work for Danny in the early months of his life, helping to bring him back from a very scary place to become the happy little boy we have come to know. Danny’s mom and dad are by his side, and we are hoping for a strong recovery for the little guy.

We are aware that of late there have been some difficulties regarding donations through PayPal. In order to remedy this, we have updated the donations page with information on how you can still help out. Currently there is an auction going on with fantastic memorabilia donated from many within the MMA community. More items are coming in, so stay tuned and follow us and CSC Memorabilia on twitter to stay abreast of the latest items. If none of the items strike your fancy but you still wish to help financially, donations can be made by check and mailed to:

American Martial Arts
Attn: Daniel James Miller
831 Route 10 East
Whippany, NJ  07981
Store #26

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Sherdog Publishes Fantastic Article on Dan and Danny

One of the items I had hoped to write about on this blog over the coming weeks was a feature on Danny and Dan which looked at the amazing little man Danny is and also the amazing sacrifices Dan has made the past few years, fighting some of the baddest men on the planet under the worst of circumstances because he knew it was the best way to provide for his family, and never saying a word about it publicly because he respected his opponents too much to let anyone take away from their peformances. As Danny’s story has gotten out, it’s become more well known the kind of man that Dan is outside of the fighter everyone already knew and respected. To put it quite simply, if when I get married I can be half the father and husband that Dan is, I will know that I’ve done alright for myself. While I had intended to address Dan’s incredible selflessness here, it may not really be needed anymore thanks to this amazing story written up by Sherdog’s . Any manly men out there looking to read it should be warned in advance however, this may cause you to get a bad case of “shut up, I just got dust in my eye is all.”

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Announcing the DJM Foundation Charity Auction

The DJM Foundation Super Seminar at AMA Fight Club was a resounding success, with a great turn out and a fantastic set of skills taught by the excellent instructors in attendance. In addition to the amazing outpouring of support in the form of monetary donations, we have also been fortunate to receive some fantastic gifted items to auction off to help raise money for the lifelong bills for Danny’s non-rejection medication. CSC Memorabilia has been kind enough to handle hosting the auction online.

Auctions Ending 2/14/12

The Ultimate Fighter 14 Team Bisping Jersey – Autographed by Michael Bisping and the eight fighters on Team Bisping, including Featherweight champion Diego Brandao. Donated by Chris Martello, Spike TV.

The Ultimate Fighter 14 Team Miller Jersey – Autographed by Mayhem Miller and the eight fighters on Team Miller, including Bantamweight champion John Dodson. Donated by Chris Martello, Spike TV.

Signed Gear from UFC Middleweight Contender Chris Weidman – Chris kindly donated a Bad Boy hat, Bad Boy gloves,  Bad Boy trunks and two large Bad Boy walk out shirts, worn by Chris’ cornerman and Chris himself. All items are signed by Chris.

Framed and Autographed Dan Miller vs. Rousimar Palhares Photo – Taken by ESPN photographer Ed Mulholland, the photo captures Dan striking Palhares and is autographed by Dan. Donated by Ed Mulholland.

Framed and Autographed Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalarus Photo – Taken by ESPN photographer Ed Mulholland, the photo captures Jim striking Shalarus and is autographed by Jim. Donated by Ed Mulholland.

Team Bang Ludwig Fight Gear – UFC Welterweight Duane “Bang” Ludwig has donated three Bang Muay Thai Inc. shirts, one each in medium, large and x-large, as well as a large Bang Muay Thai Inc. jersey and a signed fight photo to the auction.

Autographed Charlie Brenneman vs. Rick Story PhotoTaken from the night of Brenneman’s amazing “Rocky-moment” fight, in which Charlie found out last minute he would not be fighting before his hometown Pittsburgh crowd due to a late illness for his scheduled opponent, only to be given a chance the day of weigh-ins to fill in as the new co-main event. Charlie capitalized, knocking off the top-five ranked Rick Story.

Autographed Dan Miller Fight GloveAn official UFC fight glove autographed by Dan himself. Donated by CSC Memorabilia.

UFC EncyclopediaThe excellent new book documenting all you need to know about the UFC, written by Thomas Gerbasi. Five copies are available, and the books can be signed by Dan and Jim at the request of the winning bidders.

Topps Trading Cards Box Sets – Topps Trading Cards has donated two different box sets of officially licensed UFC trading cards. The Topps UFC Knockout Trading Card Box and Topps UFC Moment of Truth Trading Card Box sets are both available.

MMA Event Posters – Event posters from UFC Rio, Affliction: Banned, IFL 2007 Championships, IFL New Jersey, PRIDE Critical Countdown Absolute 2006, Bushido Survival 2006 and Sengoku Fourth Battle. Donated by the fantastic posters of the UG.

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