Lucille Miller with her husband, Keith. Lucille is battling a disease with no cure, so her friends did something wonderful for her. PHOTO: Facebook
Lucille Miller is suffering from a degenerative disease called scleroderma, so her friends decided to give her the surprise of a lifetime.
According to the Times Herald, Miller, 32, has dealt with a number of health complications since she was 15, but none as devastating as scleroderma. The autoimmune disease, for which there is no cure, gradually kills off cells in the heart, kidneys and lungs, replacing them with fibrous tissue.
“My case is extremely progressed with multiple organ involvements,” Miller said. “My stomach doesn't work anymore, [my] lungs are probably the worst-off organ … functioning at 40 percent capacity, [with] heart and kidney involvement, too.”
With Miller’s struggles mounting by the day, friend Lauren Cantos wanted to do something to make her feel good. Cantos and another friend, Tiffany Anderson, organized a flash mob to put on a show for Lucille.
This was more than a quick, “Surprise!” Cantos produced a performance, involving a seven-song dance mix and nearly one hundred people learning a choreographed dance. Many in the flash mob were friends, but some were just friendly members of the SummerGrove, Georgia community.
“It’s pretty much all that I’ve lived and breathed for the last two weeks,” said Cantos.
Miller was blown away.
“I've been through health challenges that some people don't make it through,” she said. “This is by far the hardest thing I've faced. I have things I want to do before it gets worse, and I hope that happens. For now, every day I smile. Every day I laugh. Every day is a gift. This flash mob will be a memory on my heart forever.”
Here is a video of the flash mob. It gets going around the 2 minute mark (it gets progressively more organized), and at 8:30, you can hear Lucille speaking: