The Miller Harris Foundation is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2002 by family and friends of Miller Harris, who died tragically from an asthma attack September 11, 1999 while preparing for a golf outing with friends. The Foundation was set up to endow a scholarship at MTSU in the Recording Industry Management program, promote asthma awareness and support other organizations in Miller’s name. The Foundation’s focus ensures that memories of Miller are alive, and collective efforts will continue in his honor. Proceeds from the Annual Miller Harris Memorial Golf Tournament support our endeavors.
Asthma is a lung disease that makes breathing difficult for nearly eight million children. Among children ages 5-17, asthma is the leading cause of school absenteeism from a chronic illness. It accounts for an annual loss of more than 14 million school days per year (averaging eight days per student with asthma). The Miller Harris Foundation strives to educate and help children learn to adapt and live with asthma. To that end, in 2006, the Foundation partnered with Monroe C. Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center to establish the Miller Harris Asthma Camp for Kids, a unique summer camp experience for children ages 6-13 with asthma whose health has made it difficult for them to attend a regular summer camp. Doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital volunteer their time to monitor the children, teach them to optimize their abilities, have fun, and learn how to manage their asthma. The Vanderbilt professionals are onsite the entire time children are at camp. Children with moderate to severe asthma attend the Miller Harris Asthma Camp at no charge to their families.
Miller graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1996 with a major in Mass Communications/Recording Industry Management. The Foundation established an endowed scholarship in the Recording Industry Management program in Miller’s memory.