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An Awesome Ride

Cameron Miller Andrew Clarke



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Ebury Press
05 August 2019
Biography; Memoirs
'Hi guys. I have some bad news I want to tell you all.' So said seventeen-year-old Shaun Miller on YouTube in May 2012, shortly after receiving a devastating diagnosis about his heart condition. The clip has now been viewed millions of times.

In 1994, when Cameron Miller found out he was going to be a father, he hoped his boy would have an easier childhood than he'd had. Cameron had been in and out of hospital with chronic asthma and been relentlessly bullied. As it turned out, that had been the easy part. Life was about to get a lot tougher.

Before he was two weeks old, Cameron's son, Shaun, had his first operation. Suffering from Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), he had his second heart transplant when he was thirteen. Ultimately, he endured about 1000 medical procedures.

Through it all, Shaun maintained an incredibly positive outlook, inspiring children and adults alike. In his final days, he fulfilled his dream of making a cameo appearance on Neighbours and appeared on the AFL Footy Show, exchanging banter with his heroes.

Tragically, Shaun passed away only a few weeks after he'd posted his video, and his father struggled to cope. Suffering from crippling grief, Cameron attempted suicide and spent time in a psychiatric institution.

An Awesome Ride, however, is a story of hope. Only after reaching rock bottom did Cameron come to understand Shaun's message. Today, with the establishment of the Shaun Miller Foundation - he is the founder and CEO - Cameron is a warrior for all children with CHD and their families, just as he had been for his son.

Through his father, and through this book, Shaun's unbreakable spirit lives on.
By:   Cameron Miller, Andrew Clarke
Imprint:   Ebury Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   478g
ISBN:   9780143788133
ISBN 10:   0143788132
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   05 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Cameron Miller (Author) Cameron is the founder and CEO of The Shaun Miller Foundation and begin the journey back in 2015 after watching is only beloved son pass away from Childhood Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) three years earlier. Cameron decided to start the foundation simply to complete Shaun's legacy and to set about tackling CHD and its impacts on not just the people with it, but those around them that suffer, just as he had with Shaun. After a tough childhood battling chronic asthma, Cameron first worked as a trainer for the Carlton Football Club before entering the world of show business at the age of 15 with a local theatre group - the Catchment Players. From there he completed an acting course with Tanya Powell Model Agency and then began working on a series of ads and other small parts in TV shows. Blending life as a glazier and acting was a strain, but he loved the idea if making movies and working behind the scenes. He started distributing movies that others shied away from, and that brought him into contact with people like Australian movie industry legend Alan Finney OAM, who today in the Chairman of the board of The Shaun Miller Foundation and acts as a mentor to Cameron. From the behind the scenes he started to build a profile and was being offered scripts and opportunities, but by now Shaun had been born and that is where his energy was directed. Shaun has a myriad of heart defects and battled a 17 year life that had more than 1000 medical procedures include two heart transplants. Shaun's battle for life consumed Cameron, and it wasn't until a few years after his passing that Shaun's messages od positivity and hope got through to Cameron. From that point on, he has shifted from being a meandering drifter with no lust for life, to a driven a highly motivated CEO of The Shaun Miller Foundation. Today Cameron is working to make a difference.

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