No words could ever capture the bond between a daughter and her superhero, her dad! And the best name to write here would be that of George and Kelly Miller, and the reason that they are the perfect names to mention here is that this father and daughter duo has managed to raise over $14k for cancer research and awareness.
The two took part in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) which is a two-day event involving a 192-mile ride taking its course all through the roads of the state of Massachusetts. The ride is done as an attempt to raise funds and began in the year 1980. The event is said to be the biggest fundraiser in the entire United States of America. And this man George is a regular at PMC and has been an active participant in the event since the early 90s. It all started when George’s mother died after battling with cancer for years. Even though it has been 25 years to the incident George is still determined to raise every penny possible.
In the year 2012, George too was diagnosed with blood cancer and went through severe chemotherapy until the year 2016 brought with it some hope and positivity. He got a cell donor and went for a cell transplant which eventually killed his disease. Sadly, their happiness did not sustain for long and in the year 2018, his cancer relapsed. This is when he decided to be a part of PMC again, this time his daughter Kelly was going to be there with him too.
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The idea was to originally send Kelly instead of George but the father could not miss having this special time with his baby girl. The duo underwent severe training up until the month of August. However, Kelly was not sure if at all they’d be able to complete their journey. She feared that her father’s condition could worsen. According to her, her father is pushing his limits which he must not do, to which George replied, “Heck, I’ll hitch a rope to her and she can tow me if she has to, I have a disease but I’m not sick” said they.
However, the good news is that no tows were needed and the two proudly triumphed through the entire journey proudly, starting and finishing strong and raising over 14000 dollars which they plan to donate to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute situated in Boston. For George, the whole point was to raise money as well as spend time with his daughter and he is more than just satisfied that both his motives were fulfilled. He is thankful to his daughter for her love and support throughout the two-day trip
And just to add to your smile, the PMC this year has raised nearly 45 million dollars which totals up to 700 million dollars which shall be donated.