Teen’s legacy of love

Herald Sun - - CONFIDENTIAL - The­shaun­miller­foun­da­tion.org/ do­nate

AMOVIE and a foun­da­tion will hon­our the legacy of in­spi­ra­tional Mel­bourne teen Shaun Miller, who passed away in 2012.

Miller was 17 and suf­fered from con­gen­i­tal heart dis­ease. He be­came a YouTube sen­sa­tion when he posted an emo­tional good­bye video watched by mil­lions.

Dad Cameron said he was proud of his son’s legacy.

“I’m ab­so­lutely blown away by the film and hav­ing The Shaun Miller Foun­da­tion,’’ he said. “He was an amaz­ing boy and was al­ways help­ing other peo­ple. The foun­da­tion is here to help the chil­dren and look for a cure for CHD with the Vic­tor Chang Car­diac Re­search In­sti­tute.

“Shaun was one of eight chil­dren born a day with CHD and sadly four chil­dren lose their bat­tle ev­ery week.’’

Two of the foun­da­tion’s am­bas­sadors, Kevin Sheedy and Yvonne Ni­cholas, met with Miller and the film’s di­rec­tor Kelly Dolen last night (to­gether be­low).

The film is called Awe­some Ride and pro­duced by fa­ther and daugh­ter team James M. Ver­non and Kristy L. Ver­non. Ris­ing ac­tor Gul­liver McGrath plays Shaun and Shane Jacobson is Cameron.

Shaun’s favourite movie was Jacobson’s hit, Kenny.

“It’ll be a film that res­onates around the world. It is very sin­cere and very real,’’ Dolen said. “It’s like Aus­tralia’s For­rest Gump — a beau­ti­ful, whim­si­cal story.

“He had his first love, his first kiss and then had to face his worst pos­si­ble fear.”

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