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Fundraiser aids Miller family
Woman delayed battle with cancer to give birth
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Forsyth County News

The fundraiser for the Miller family is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Tam’s Backstage in Cumming. Tickets are $20 and include dinner. For more information, e-mail For those who can't attend but want to help, a fund has been created at Cumming New Life Church. Checks made out to the church, with Andrew Miller’s name in the memo line, can be mailed to the church, 1645 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, GA 30040.
The outpouring of support from friends, family and the community has made it easier for Andrew Miller to cope with the recent death of his wife.

“It’s been an enjoyable way, between phone calls and cards and the well wishing from people, to remember Susan and the life that she lived and remember that it meant something to people,” said Andrew Miller, past chairman of the Forsyth County Republican Party.

“Her life had an impact on people in the community in a positive way and that’s always enjoyable to hear.”

The support won’t stop with cards and phone calls, as close friends and community members have organized a fundraiser for the Miller family, which includes four young children.

Diagnosed with cancer just weeks after learning she was pregnant with their fourth child, Susan Miller opted to delay treatment until the baby could survive on its own.

Andrew Duncan Miller, the couple’s only son, is still at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. Born several months premature on March 17, the child is healthy but needs more time to develop.

Susan Miller died May 3 at age 37.

Clay Hopkins, Miller’s friend and fellow church member, helped organize the fundraiser with Brian Tam, manager of Tam’s Backstage restaurant, site of the event.

“I’m just very glad to be able to step in and be a part of this [fundraiser],” Hopkins said. “I want him to be able to use this [money] for whatever he needs.

"If he needs help with the mortgage, if he needs help with the baby still being in the hospital ... it’s really for whatever purpose Andrew needs it to be used for.”

Hopkins said he was approached with the idea by Tam.

“He said he would like to do something for the family,” Hopkins said.

Tam, a county commissioner, said Susan Miller “losing her battle to cancer is tragic."

"Andrew is a fine man raising four children and we want to do what we can do to help him,” he said.

Friends have said Susan Miller’s decision to risk her own health to save her son reflects her strong values.

She served with her husband as co-chair of Forsyth County’s chapter of Georgia Right to Life, an organization focused on providing legal protection for life from conception to natural death. She also served as secretary of the Forsyth County Republican Party, as an active member of her church, and as founder and director of the Vickery Christian Academy.

Andrew Miller said her legacy lives on.

“There are a lot of things she was involved with that I wasn’t involved with, so it’s been good to hear those stories,” he said. “It’s bittersweet, but it’s always good to hear stories about Susan.”

Ethan Underwood, current chairman of the local GOP, said he is glad to do his part to help the family deal with medical and household expenses.

“We want to make sure Andrew has plenty of money to cover these medical bills that are coming in and also to help take care of expenses that single families have,” he said.

Andrew Miller said the event is an “example of the outpouring of support and love that’s come about through Susan’s death.”

“We’ve been extremely humbled by the support that’s come through the church, friends, family and the community,” he said. “It’s made this experience much easier to go through with all the support and care.”

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