Two Wishes For TJ

For: Terry "TJ" Miller
Organizer: Kirk Henning
Two Wishes For TJ (Terry "TJ" Miller)
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Two Wishes For Terry “TJ” Miller

Terry “TJ” Miller is a cherished 17-year old student of ours who is a valuable member of our Coast Union High School Drama family. He has been a key member of our technical crew for the past three years and for his upcoming senior year, he has dutifully and deservedly earned his place as our stage manager. TJ was recently diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, Grade IV, a type and grade of brain cancer that is essentially incurable. Despite the unimaginable, TJs personal qualities, including his positive outlook, resilience, and sense of humor are more than remarkable, and those attributes are going to allow him the best quality of life for the longest time possible. Likewise, TJ’s family members, though understandably devastated, are models of loving and tender support.    

TJ previously had a brain tumor removed when he was a 4th-grade student at Cambria Grammar School, and our community rallied to his side. In light of his recent diagnosis, we are asking both the communities of Cambria and Cayucos (where he currently lives) to once again provide the incredible support for which these communities are so well known. TJ’s CUHS Drama family is mobilizing efforts to  help fulfill two of TJ’s wishes, i.e., cross two items off his bucket list. One of TJ’s wishes is to experience the beauty of Hawaii with his family (Laura, Matt, and brother Andrew), and as a lover of theater, another of his wishes is to experience the phenomenon of “The Lion King” when the national tour arrives in Los Angeles in November.

Generous members of our community have already provided the use of their condo in Kauai (The Basiles), and enough United frequent flyer miles to purchase two round-trip tickets (Peggy Christianson). You can also help fulfill TJ’s wishes by contributing any items or services that you think would enhance the Hawaii or Lion King trips, (for example, enough United frequent flyer miles to purchase one or two more round-trip tickets to Hawaii), or of course, by giving monetarily. You can donate throught this site via PayPal, or by going to any branch of Heritage Oaks Bank and telling them you would like to make a deposit to the Terry "TJ" Miller donation account.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 19, 2013

Posted on November 19, 2013

"In the end, only three things matter; how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."

"It is with a broken heart that I let you know that our sweet TJ passed away yesterday at 1:44pm. He let us know he had no pain and, as always, he was brave. His passing was as peaceful as you could imagine and surrounded by loved ones."

Laura Lathrop

Posted on October 2, 2013

Posted on October 2, 2013

Thanks and more thanks yet again to all who have been lending their love and support to TJ Miller. He certainly has been absorbing all the positive thoughts and energy that are being sent his way as exemplified by his continual loving and grateful spirit, and of course his unflagging and whimsical humor. With the tremendous help of the community, TJ has had an eventful month, to say the least. During the latter part of August, TJ took a trip to the Netherlands and Portugal - by himself! It has always been a dream of his to visit close family friends in those countries, and it was his first solo travel experience. TJ took the opportunity to spread his wings and make his way in the big world - and he returned from his trip absolutely thrilled by the experience. He was especially impressed with the centuries old history of Europe. 

Also thanks to the great support of the community, a week later, TJ and his family spent a week in Kauai where among other things, they relaxed, took a helicopter excursion to the famous Na Pali Coast, went to a luau, and did some sightseeing around the beautiful island. TJ's trip was briefly interrupted by a visit to the hospital in Kauai as instructed by his Stanford doctors because he woke up one morning feeling worse than normal. But after an overnight at the hospital and some treatment, TJ was able to continue the trip. What a trooper!

A week after returning from Kauai, TJ had an unpleasant episode of double pneumonia, so back to Stanford Hospital where, after spending some time in the pediatric ICU, TJ made a remarkable recovery and was back to himself after several days of intense treatment and TLC. If you haven't guessed by now, TJ has a way of bouncing back that continues to amaze everyone.

TJ and family are back home now and TJ is resting before going on a three-day Ensenada cruise starting October 7. Mr. Traveler! TJ was briefly enrolled in a clinical trial that has since been put on hold. However, he is feeling better now because the side effects that TJ was experiencing while in the clinical trial were sapping his energy. He will be starting a new chemo regimen when he returns from his cruise.

TJ has certainly had his ups and downs this past month, but through it all, his indelible spirit continues to inspire us all.

Posted on September 5, 2013

Posted on September 5, 2013

TJs Spaghetti Dinner fund raiser was a resounding success! What a great community we live in! Thanks thanks, and more thanks. More details to follow. In the meantime, the new main page photo is TJ in the Netherlands - a happy young man! TJ and family are getting ready for their trip to Kuaui this coming Saturday (9/7/13). Have fun in paradise TJ!

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