Community Rallying Behind the Miller Family – Please help if you can!

July 29, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

This family has gone through way too much. They are so strong and such an inspiration despite everything they are facing. Let’s rally behind this family and help relieve some of their financial stress – and allow them to concentrate on what is most important.


Friends & Family are hosting a benefit with all proceeds going to The Miller Family to help with medical costs for both Larry & TJ.

Larry had a TIA Stroke on 5/20/19 and a mass was found on June 20th. He is scheduled to have surgery on August 7th to remove the mass and find out if it is cancerous or not. Since 5/20 he has not been able to work and his unemployment has run out. It is unknown at this time if he will be able to return to work as a truck driver. Larry is the sole provider for his wife and step sons. He provides the health insurance for his whole family.

TJ is 11 years old and battling stage 4 terminal neuroblastoma. He was first diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma when he was 5.5 years old. TJ was in remission almost 3 years before he relapsed on 1/25/18. At that point his neuroblastoma was diagnosed as terminal, treatable but not curable. So far TJ has had radiation to help shrink his tumor and is currently undergoing Chemotherapy and immuno-therapy. He will eventually have to travel for MIBG therapy. In which his mother Kerry will have to take time off of work to care for both Larry & TJ during both of their treatments/recovery.

As of right now Larry’s wife & TJ’s mom Kerry is the only one working. She can only work part time because of TJ’s treatment. Right now the family cannot pay all of their household bills, car payments and medical bills do to the circumstances. They need their car to get Larry & TJ to their appointments.



Alden and the surrounding towns are amazing communities of wonderful, generous people. We are asking for your help and support for this family.

There will be a benefit held on August 25th.

WHEN: August 25, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 6:30 PM

WHERE: American Legion, 13143 Broadway, Alden

WHAT TO EXPECT: Basket raffle, 50/50, bake sale and some vendor sales. NON-perishable food donation at the door please.

They are looking for basket raffle donations. Please contact Michelle Hill 716-864-4684, Heather Rust 716-803-9914, or Joyce Seagrave 716-698-4776 to make arrangements.



About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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