Iowa student with rare cancer gets trip of a lifetime to Michigan football game

BLUFFS COUNCIL, Iowa. (KMTV) – At first glance, Joe Miller may look like a typical high school boy, but this past year has been one for him and his family. He is living with the effects of liver cancer.

“Actually, it’s super rare, the doctors say they’ve never seen it. It’s usually childhood or infant cancer, and I had it when I was 16,” Joe said.

He missed his whole second year because of chemotherapy and months in the hospital. Earlier this year, he received a liver transplant.

“It’s been a long journey for our family and one that’s still ongoing,” said his father Dan Miller.

After a rough year, family friend Jason Kaiman stepped in and made a huge move. Since Joe was a huge fan of the University of Michigan, Kaiman paid for a dream trip to Ann Arbor. He takes care of everything from the hotel, the equipment to the side passes.

“This past weekend, we were getting side passes for the game and after the game, and our seats were right behind the bench in Michigan, like three rows,” said Joe.

Joe also gets to meet his idol, Wolverines winger JJ McCarthy.

“I met him on the sidelines before the game, had to talk to him a little bit after that,” Joe said.

For Kaiman, the granting of wishes is unquestionable, calling the Michigan games “life-changing” and “electric” for fans like Joe.

“I’ve been paid back… hundreds of times for my money. It’s really amazing,” Kaiman said.

Dan believes that Kaiman’s good deeds reflect Joe and his kind heart, which he always maintains despite all the challenges.

Dan said: “The things that he has to go through, a 16-year-old doesn’t have to go through. Unfortunately, cancer finds the best.”

Joe’s mom says he’s been smiling for 72 hours straight. While he’s still in treatment, she reminds us all, “the world is full of kind and generous people.”

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