Miller always ready to help others

It's a sad reality, but it is reality. Almost everyone knows somebody who has been impacted by breast cancer, whether it's a family member, friend, or co-worker.

Along with that, though, more people are doing their part to bring awareness to the disease, and to help in the effort to find a cure.

That has been the case for the Steelers over the last month, and it continued on Monday night when Heath and Katie Miller and Alan and Julie Faneca hosted Bid for Hope XIV, benefitting Glimmer of Hope Foundation and supporting breast cancer research.

Heath Miller and other players show their support for Glimmer of Hope and finding a cure for breast cancer.

"This is a disease that has affected way too many people," said Miller. "The NFL has embraced it, the Steelers have embraced it, and we are trying to make sure everyone is aware of the importance to see the doctors, get the mammograms.

"The money raised at this event goes to research so a difference can be made.  If we can do what we can to help with the research we can work towards a cure and help as many people as we can."

This is the 14th year for Bid for Hope, an event that has raised more than $1 million, with much of that benefitting the organizations under-40 breast cancer study, 3D mammography and the integrated oncology program at Magee Womens Hospital of UPMC, which treats mind, body and soul, something that helps patients as they go through treatment.   

"The women who have been through this care program, their care has been better, their re-admittance to the hospital has been low," said Diana Napper, founder and president of Glimmer of Hope. "We know the program is great. We also have nurse navigator, genetic counseling, and the clinic which there are only three in the country.

"That support of 14 years has evolved into one of the most unique, effective programs we could have which is because of the Steelers support. It started with Alan and Heath has carried it on and I couldn't be more thankful, and neither could those who are benefiting from the programs, which is the most important thing."

Miller and many of his Steelers teammates spent the evening signing autographs for those in attendance, bringing smiles, but more importantly awareness to the cause. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on live and silent auction items, with the proceeds all aiding in future research and treatment.

"It's for a great cause," said Miller. "The foundation, Glimmer of Hope, works year round to raise money for breast cancer research. This is just a small part of it. As the Steelers we are happy to chip in and help out and be a small part."

And while Miller says it's a small part, Napper knows how big the role the Steelers have played in this critical fight.

"Anything you put the Steelers name on is a Super Bowl champion event," said Napper. "It's been tremendous. We have grown leaps and bounds and so have the programs we have been able to support at Magee. You are protecting more and more women, and unfortunately this is becoming younger and younger women.

"The program is so necessary and the Steelers have been so supportive." 

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