Millie Flamm was diagnosed at age 4 with leukemia, As she was undergoing a bone marrow transplant, a group of women in her neighborhood decided to organize a 5K run to help Millie’s family pay her medical bills.
“She lit up a room,” says Amanda Flamm, Millie’s mother and now vice president for Millie's Princess Foundation (MPF). “She was one of a kind. She just had this way about her.”
The community came together in such a big way that everyone was surprised. The organizers decided that they needed to create MPF.
“(They) thought it was going to be this little neighborhood run, and it just turned into something magical,” says. “It was such a life changing moment.”
MPF raises money to help families with children, who experience cancer, pay their medical bills.
“Every year, we do a run for a family,” says Flamm. Because the run has been so successful, MPF has been able to help two families every year, choosing a prince and a princess, through the run alone. Other families are helped throughout the year as well.
While raising awareness of childhood cancer and raising funds to help families are important activities, Flamm says that the best part of the run is the way that it brings hope to families. The support of the community is invaluable.
“You don’t fight cancer alone,” says Flamm.
Millie wanted to be a clothing designer. When Persnickety Clothing found out, they brought Millie in and used her artwork to create an outfit. Millie was able to see the outfit before she passed away after her cancer had relapsed.
MPF also works with photographer Jon Diaz on the Anything Can Be project, which helps children realize their dreams of becoming anything from Alice in Wonderland to fairies to bakers.
“I know what a photograph can bring” to a family, says Flamm. “We are really proud of Jon.”
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Salt Lake Comic Con will be donating a portion of the proceeds from its Bash on September 5 to MPF. Those who wish to make a contribution to MPF can do so here.