Teen’s legacy of love
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.”