Between April and October of 2018, the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation, based in Carlisle, Pa., worked tirelessly to further the cause and raise awareness for Amyloidosis, raising more than $190,000 in the process, according to a foundation press release.
According to www.mayoclinic.org, Amyloidosis is a rare disease that occurs when a substance called amyloid builds up in the organs. Amyloid is an abnormal protein that is produced in bone marrow and can be deposited in any tissue or organ.
There’s no cure for amyloidosis, but treatments can help manage symptoms and limit production of amyloid protein.
The fight against Amyloidosis was tackled head-on by the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation in 2018 with various events spanning two states and multiple venues, including in Ocean City for surfing and skateboarding fundraisers.
From surfing to skateboarding, running to racing, showing cars to going fast, dinners, giveaways and more, the CMAF interacted with thousands of supporters.
These efforts have yielded great results once more, registering nearly $178,000 of monies brought in, the release states.
Combine that, with just over $14,000 in donations, and the CMAF had a total of $191,398.01 in 2018.
With each event, there are expenses, but earned dollars break down as follows per event:
- Surf Fest – $5,645.00
- Slide for Amyloidosis – $21,089.80
- Hugh Claus 5K Run/Walk – $5,130.00
- Corvette Giveaway (Corvettes at Carlisle) – $100,260
- CMAF Annual Dinner (Corvettes at Carlisle) – $30,030.00
- Chip’s Circle Donations (Corvettes at Carlisle) – $124.00
- Corvettes for Chip – $8,078.67
- New Jersey Motorsports Park Track Day – $6,900
- General Donations – $14,140.54
The CMAF isn’t just about raising funds and awareness, it also gives to select organizations annually.
Over the past three donation cycles from 2015-2017, the CMAF has donated $87,900 to numerous organizations. The foundation had a banner year in 2018, and it will be donating a total of $50,000, the highest ever for the group.
Donations of $10,000 will be dispersed to the following five outlets:
- Mayo Clinic – $10,000
- Amyloidosis Support Group – $10,000
- Amyloidosis Foundation – $10,000
- Penn Medicine – $10,000
- Amyloidosis Research Consortium (ARC) – $10,000
“The CMAF board members and I are happy to stick closely to our mission and roots,” noted CMAF President Lance Miller, who lives in Ocean City. “We’ve been working diligently to empower people with knowledge and understanding of Amyloidosis for earlier detection by hosting many events each year where we do our best to reach as many people as possible.”
Miller continued, “With this we’ve been fortunate to raise funds along the way through our events in which we will distribute to various channels that we’re confident are an extension to exactly what the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation is all about.”
He added. “We’re honored to know we’re making a positive impact and we’re certain my father, Chip Miller, is smiling down knowing full well he’s still making a positive footprint just as he did when he was still alive.”
Miller concluded by saying, “to the many supporters, thank you for the bottom of our hearts, without you we couldn’t be where we are today in helping so many afflicted with this terrible disease.”
As 2018 concludes, the CMAF will be looking to utilize additional aspects of their income to benefit the foundation as well.
These plans include an overhaul of the www.ChipMiller.org web page, as well as marketing and promotional materials for 2019 and beyond.
Speaking of 2019, the events schedule is being planned, with some tweaks being looked at, plus the addition of at least one new event in Carlisle, Pa., according to the release.
The 2019 schedule will be announced during the early parts of the new year and will be made available online via the web page.