Fighting is a family affair for the Millers.
Both Dan and Jim epitomize the old school mentality of “anyone, anytime, anywhere,” so when Dan pulled out of his UFC 152 fight against Sean Pierson you knew there had to be a legitimate reason for that withdrawal.
There was. Miller dropped out as his son, Danny, perhaps the toughest fighter on Team Miller, was readied for a long-needed kidney transplant.
That transplant, which had originally been scheduled for early this year but was postponed when Danny fell ill, finally took place on Thursday. From all accounts Danny, as well as the donor—his aunt Kathy—were both doing well during the recovery stage of the transplant.
The two-year-old has been battling Polycystic Kidney Disease since March 2010. The PKD caused Danny’s kidneys to fail, resulting in the youngster having to undergo multiple dialysis treatments each week since being diagnosed with PKD.
The successful surgery had the Miller brothers taking to twitter to share their joy:
Surgery went well today, never thought I'd be so happy to see some pee!— Dan Miller (@DanMiller185) September 6, 2012
Pee! My 2 1/2 yr old nephew has kidney function for the first time in over 2 years.1 hurdle cleared, many more ahead twitter.com/JimMiller_155/…— Jim Miller (@JimMiller_155) September 7, 2012
While the surgery was a success, Danny will need extensive and costly aftercare, something the good folks at FundaFighter.com have set up a donation page for.
Please visit the site if you are interested in donating to Danny's care.