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Woman uses art to raise funds

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

According to her friend, Rogene Morge, Traci Miller was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) -- more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease -- in the summer of 2011.

Those with ALS suffer from progressive weakness, muscle atrophy and fasciculation (twitching), muscle spasticity, difficulty speaking, difficulty swallowing and a decline in breathing ability.

The disease is often fatal. In fact, the life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2-5 years after diagnosis.

Miller was an art teacher at Northview High School from 1995-98, and again from 2003-06.

She was then assigned to Forest Park and Jackson Township elementary schools until 2011, when her illness no longer allowed her to teach.

Currently, Miller is using her talents through art to help the ALS Association Indiana Chapter by drawing pictures on cards.

This is one example of the art Traci Miller has been putting together in support of the ALS Association Indiana Chapter.
She began the process soon after being diagnosed.

Miller and several of her friends will take part in the Walk to Defeat ALS Indianapolis Walk Saturday. The event will take place at White River State Park with check-in at 10 a.m.

This is one example of the art Traci Miller has been putting together in support of the ALS Association Indiana Chapter
The walk begins at noon, and is two miles in length.

Walk routes will be wheelchair accessible.

Earlier this year, Miller and her friends began raising funds for the ALS Association Indiana Chapter.

As of this week, the group has raised approximately $12,000 for research, through fundraisers at Coach's Timeout Bar and Grill and the Renaissance Reception and Conference Center.

In addition, the cards and pictures Miller has created have been sold for the fundraising efforts.

According to information provided by the ALS Indiana Chapter, it costs an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need.

Morge also informed The Brazil Times "Team Brazil" will lead the Saturday walk as a result of the raised funds.

Approximately 50 people from Clay County plan to attend the walk.

Miller and her husband Brad both attended Indiana University. She received a degree in art education and taught art for 20 years at all grade levels.

She and Brad are the parents of two children, Sam, 19, and Josh, 23.

Sam just finished his first year at Indiana University. He is majoring in informatics.

Josh just graduated from Indiana with a double major in German and history. He is currently working for a congressman and was awarded a fellowship for a masters at the IU School of Journalism.

Though the walk is only days away, there is still time to donate. To make a donation for Miller's cause, log on to http://web.alsa.org/site/TR/Walks/Indian....

Morge also said there will be fundraisers on Fridays at Brazil Pizza Hut to support "Team Brazil." To order prints of Miller's cards, e-mail tbird0101@aol.com.

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This is Traci. I am on a trial drug called dexpramipexole that slows the disease. It will be available to all participants this month, so no more placebo.

-- Posted by tkm on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 7:57 PM

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