The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is very proud to announce that four-year-old Brandon Miller of Johnstown will be the newest member of the Mountain Cat baseball team through a partnership with Team IMPACT.
Team IMPACT is an organization that pairs children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses with college athletic teams. Their purpose in doing so is to enhance the lives of the children facing these issues.
When he was 18 months old, Brandon became non-responsive and lost his ability to hear. Brandon was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation which is a malformation of the brain that causes part of the brain to be pushed down into the spinal cord. Brandon experiences pain throughout his entire body, severe migraines, and some balance issues when walking.
Brandon had Bilateral Cochlear Implants to assist with his hearing. However, due to these implants, Brandon cannot have MRIs, and his Chiari Malformation can only be treated based on his symptoms.
Brandon is non-verbal and works with a speech therapist in hopes that he will learn to talk.
He's a huge fan of superheroes, which is why the Mountain Cats baseball team is calling him "our Superman".
He is also a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. His favorite players are Heath Miller and Shaun Suisham.
Brandon is the son of Jeff and Jill Miller.
Through Team IMPACT, These children benefit from camaraderie, support, respect, laughter and love that come from being a valued member of a team.
The Pitt-Johnstown athletes will gain invaluable perspective on the precious nature of life, and are humbled and inspired by the determination, strength and courage of a child fighting through such adversity.
For more information, visit Team IMPACT's website at www.goteamimpact.org.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University is the regional leader, educating for the RealWorld. The distinctive combination of our people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” by AC Online as one of the “Highest ROI Colleges in Pennsylvania,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).