Fundraiser helps grow music endowment in memory of young cancer victim | Community Spirit
-From the Warrick County Community Foundation
When Matt and Amy Miller welcomed their son Isaac into their lives in November 2007, they never imagined they would be called to create an endowment to honor the memory of their son. Isaac was diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in November 2010, which quickly went into remission. However, Isaac’s cancer returned in December 2011, prompting his medical team to pursue a stem cell transplant in the hopes of curing Isaac. Due to unforeseen complications related to the transplant, Isaac passed away in April 2012 at the age of 4.
Matt and Amy began searching for a way to honor Isaac’s life. After much research, the Millers discovered that the Warrick County Community Foundation would be able to help them achieve their goal. The Isaac Miller Music Matters Endowment Fund was established in November 2012 to give more children in the community access to music education and music therapy programs. This was the perfect way to keep Isaac’s memory alive, as he always enjoyed participating in Music Together classes in Evansville and music therapy sessions while in treatment at Riley Hospital for Children.
Family and friends of the Millers held a pizza buffet on March 9, to help grow Isaac’s endowment. The fundraiser, dubbed “A Slice of Hope,” took place at The Chateau in Mariah Hill, Indiana. Over 150 individuals from the community attended the lunch buffet to enjoy pizza, breadsticks and a variety of delicious desserts. There was also a half-pot drawing and an auction for an autographed Austin Collie football. The event raised more than $1800 to contribute to the Isaac Miller Music Matters Endowment.