GOSHEN — Diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a cancerous mass above her kidney that wrapped around the adrenal gland and spread to her liver, Lucca Miller has undergone chemotherapy, a stem cell harvest and stem cell transplant surgery.
Miller has been through more health woes than many have seen in a lifetime, and she has yet to turn 1 year old.
“It’s hard,” said Lucca’s mother, Mary Catherine Miller. “She’s been really sick and had a lot of pain.”
This is where Miller’s friends and family, along with the people at Trinity Lutheran Church, are looking to get involved, hosting a benefit for the family.
“Everybody loves her smile,” said Miller. “Everybody looks at her and thinks she’s special.”
Miller, a kindergarten teacher with the Elkhart Community Schools, and her husband, Verlin, an employee at Forest River, real estate agent with Prudential One in Goshen and a volunteer with the Elkhart Township Fire Department, have requested that cancer information and resources be present at the benefit.
“I just think that it is so important that more awareness be brought to this,” said Miller. “I know that no one wants to talk about sick children because it’s sad, but talking about children’s cancer is important because it can help raise money and support. Siblings and other family members suffer too. The more that can be done for these families, the better.”
Lucca will likely be unable to return home to her parents and siblings, Benjamin and Sophia, for good until August, when her transplant process and radiation have been completed.
A Lucca Miller Benefit Fund has been established at Interra Credit Union, and donations may be made at any office.
If you go
What: Team Lucca Fun Day and Haystack Supper, a fundraising event with activities for children along with cancer education and resources.
When: 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15.
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 202 S. Greene Road, Goshen.
Why: Money raised from this event will offset medical and related expenses for Lucca Miller and the Miller family.
The details: Activities will include a bounce house and kids’ games, health resources from Memorial Children’s Hospital and United Cancer Services, hair extensions, a bake sale, live music and more. The haystack supper, with homemade desserts, will be available in the fellowship hall.