Council Bluffs, Iowa. (KMTV) – At first glance, Joe Miller may seem like a typical high school student but last year has been nothing out of the ordinary for him and his family. He is living with the effects of liver cancer.
“It’s so rare, in fact, that doctors said they hadn’t seen it before,” said Joe. “It’s usually cancer in young children or children, and I had it at age 16.”
He missed his entire second year of chemotherapy and for months in the hospital. Earlier this year, he underwent a liver transplant.
“It’s been a long journey for our family and it still goes on,” said his father, Dan Miller.
After a grueling year, family friend Jason Kayman stepped in and made a big nod. As Joe is an avid University of Michigan fan, Kaiman paid for his dream trip to Ann Arbor. He took care of everything from the hotels and equipment to the side lanes.
“Last weekend, we had side passes before the game and after the game, and our seats were right behind the Michigan bench, like three rows,” Joe said.
Joe also earned his idol, Wolverines quarterback JJ McCarthy.
“I met him on the sidelines before the game, and spoke to him shortly afterwards,” Joe said.
For Kaiman, granting a wish was a no-brainer, describing the Michigan Games as “life-changing” and “electric” for fans like Joe.
“I got my money back… hundreds of times for the money I spent. It was an amazing thing,” Cayman said.
Dan believes that Kaiman’s good work reflects Joe and his kind heart, which he has maintained despite all his challenges.
“Things he’s had to go through, a 16-year-old isn’t supposed to go through. Unfortunately, cancer is the best,” Dan said.
Joe’s mother says he smiled for 72 hours straight. While he is still undergoing treatment, she reminds us all that “the world is full of generosity and generosity.”