Tara Miller donation

The Miller family of the Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation presented a check for $500,000 to Dr. Lynn M. Schuchter, chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center and a check for $150,000 to the Melanoma Research Alliance on Sept. 14. From left are George Miller, oncology fellow Dr. Alexander Huang, Lauren Miller, Kristi Miller, Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology Dr. Lynn M. Schuchter, Debbie Miller, Assistant Professor of Medicine Dr. Tara Gangadhar and the new director of the Abramson Cancer Center, Dr. Robert Vonderheide.

Submitted/Tara Miller Foundation

The Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation presented a $500,000 check to Chief of Oncology Lynn M. Schuchter, M.D., and the team at Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania on Sept. 14.

George Miller, his wife, Debbie, and daughters Kristi and Lauren were joined by family and friends for the check presentation. The donation celebrates the life and legacy of Longport resident Tara Miller, who died from melanoma on Oct. 14, 2014, at age 29.

The foundation’s fourth annual Make the Best of It Bash, held June 30 in Atlantic City, raised a total of $650,000. An additional $150,000 was donated to the Melanoma Research Alliance.

According to her family, Tara believed in making the best of it and wanted to make a difference in the battle against this devastating disease. Her family is honoring Tara by continuing her work in funding melanoma research. All of the proceeds from the annual event go toward finding a cure for melanoma. To date, the foundation has raised more than $2 million for melanoma research.

Melanoma is the most common cancer among young adults ages 25 to 29 and the second most common form of cancer among 15- to 29-year-olds. The five-year survival rate for stage four melanoma patients like Tara is about 15 percent. It is beatable with properly backed research, and the money that is raised by this nonprofit organization will be used to fund that research, the Millers said.

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