Kyla Miller Foundation

Joining in the fight to end pediatric brain cancer...
P.O. Box 712     Dillsburg, Pennsylvania  17019
(717) 259-9742     info@kylamillerfoundation.org 

          A Message From Our Founders
Our journey with pediatric brain cancer began on May 12, 2004, when our daughter Kyla was just six years old.  for three years she courageously battled a disease that was virtually invisible to her.  Aside from occasional headaches and fatigue, Kyla thrived during these three years.

She went to school, played as she was able, participated in Brownies, laughed a lot, and loved even more.  She had a real zest for life.  Her smile was infectious, and she greeted everyone - even strangers - with a curly five or a squeezy hug.

Finally, in the Spring of 2007 Kyla's body functions started to deteriorate.  The cancer spread from the thalamus to the brain stem, and went from a benign diagnosis to a fatal one.  She passed away just two days shy of her tenth birthday, in our home, on August 25, 2007.

This is a journey that many other families have gone through for high grade brain stem glioma - a form of cancer that has nearly zero per cent survivability.  The causes are known; however, there is nothing known today that can stop it from growing, stop it from killing.  For most of our journey Kyla was a normal child, and we were in denial that her illness was serious.  Until the last seven weeks of her life, there was nothing wrong with her.

How could such an awful thing happen to such a beautiful little girl - or to any child?  And why can't we find the solution to this devastating disease?

On a national level, funding for scientific and clinical research for brain cancer is considerably lower than other types, such as colon, prostate, breast, leukemia and lymphoma cancers.  The funding that is available is consolidated to a handful of research institutes.  This makes it difficult for our children to participate in medical studies because of cost, location and other considerations.  Simply put, we need more funding, and we need to bring the research capabilities to our own local communities.

That is why we started Kyla Miller Foundation.  Many of the patients in our local region being treated for high brain tumors should be able to receive the medical care they need right here at home.  To aid in this effort, KMF is partnered with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to make that goal a reality.

With your help, we will create a dedicated, coordinated pediatric neuro-oncology research program at Penn State so that our children don't have to travel hours away from home to get the medical attention they need to try to beat pediatric brain cancer.

Join us, and help us make our dream come true - one child at a time.

Stephanie A. Miller                          Randy L. Miller
President, Chairman                       Vice-President
 

Board of Directors

Melanie A. Comito, M.D. - Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
Mark S. Dias, M.D. - Neurological Surgery, Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
Randy L. Miller - Co-Founder, Bereaved Parent, East Berlin, PA
Stephanie A. Miller - Co-Founder, Bereaved Parent, East Berlin, PA
Bertha Wright - Teacher, Bermudian Springs Elementary School, York Springs, PA
Officers
President - Stephanie Miller
Vice-President - Randy Miller
Secretary - Joanne Petty
Treasurer - Andrew Fiscus
Attorney - Duane P. Stone, The Law Offices of Duane P. Stone
     

Kyla Miller Foundation is a Pennsylvania state registered non-profit organization joining in the fight to end pediatric brain cancer. KMF is named lovingly after
Kyla LeeAnne Miller, a loving and vibrant child who succumbed to glioblastoma multiforme just two days shy of her tenth birthday. 
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