The town of Uehling is hoping to help out one of its own.
A benefit is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday to raise money for Uehling resident Mike Miller, 59, a long-distance truck driver who has battled serious health problems for the last few years that have impeded his ability to work.
Miller’s health issues have ranged from a brain condition known as hydrocephalus that needed surgery to more recent back issues that have limited his ability to walk. That latter issue required another surgery earlier this year, and he is still going through rehab, according to his oldest daughter Sara Taylor.
During the course of the last five years, Miller has had to stop working for long periods of time twice.
“I see little improvements every day,” Taylor said.
Miller’s wife, Cathy, has had to work two full-time jobs to help cover his medical expenses, Taylor added.
“She works in Tekamah, drives him to Fremont so he can get to therapy, goes back to Tekamah to work and then comes and gets him,” Taylor said. “And then she works in Menards a couple of nights a week and every single weekend.”
Taylor said that the idea for the benefit came from members of the Millers’ hometown church, the Elim Lutheran Church.
“They called me and said, ‘your mom and dad, they never asked for a dime or a handout ever in their lives,’” she said. “My parents have always been too proud to ask for any help. They just made things work for themselves. The only thing I told them was ‘you guys are good people — you’re well loved and respected in the community and it’s their opportunity to give back.”
The event is also being sponsored by the Uehling Rescue Squad, of which Cathy is a member.
The benefit will feature a free-will donation lunch. There will also be a silent auction featuring 50 to 60 items including various gift baskets, gift cards, a cornhole board, crafts and more. Donations can still be made to the silent auction by calling Taylor at (402) 719-4479.
The event is free to attend and will take place at the Uehling Auditorium. Those who cannot attend are also welcome to make monetary donations at the First Northeast Bank of Nebraska, 423 Main Street, in Uehling.
The organizers are expecting around 300 people, Taylor said, including Miller’s extended family and many from the Uehling community.
“We as a family are super grateful,” she added. “I am super emotional myself. I’m so thankful for all the donors that we’ve had come forward.”
Miller hopes to eventually get back to work as soon as possible, Taylor said.
“He doesn’t get disability or anything like that — he’s hoping to get back to work,” Taylor said. “That’s what we’re working for, anyway.”