Inspiring Philanthropy: Jack Miller
By Melissa Harris: March 26, 2012
All Jack Miller wants is for the pain to be more tolerable.
“I have peripheral neuropathy,” Miller told about 125 people, many of themneurologists, two weeks ago at the J.W. Marriott at a symposium on the disease.
His fortune was helping pay for the three-day event. His wife, Goldie Wolfe Miller, a trailblazer for women in commercial real estate, and other relatives were in the audience.
“At 83, I’m nowhere near as young as you folks are — as all of you folks are,” he continued. “And Goldie, who is a bit younger than I am, tells me that I have to live another 17 years. And even God may find it difficult arguing with Goldie.
“But if I’m going to live that much longer, I would like to live some of those years free of this constant, debilitating, de-energizing, sleep-depriving pain that has plagued me for the last 18 years.
“I am going to have to want to live that much longer.”
The room was silent.