MMA fighters get often get a bad rap as men with muscles looking to hurt each other. However, as evident as of late, the MMA community a tight-knit unit.

UFC middleweight Dan Miller‘s son, Daniel Jr., was diagnosed with a very rare disorder called Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease. It results in enlarged, cyst covering the kidney and can often lead to death.

Currently, the younger Miller is undergoing dialysis daily and will soon receive a kidney transplant. The operation and follow-up care, however, will be expensive, as the donor’s health insurance doesn’t cover the entire cost nor does Miller’s coverage.

That is where the MMA family and fans come in, as Miller is seeking any and all donations.

A seminary at the AMA Fight Club in Whippany, New Jersey is scheduled for December 3, as Miller, his brother, Jim Miller (a UFC fighter as well), and Charlie Brenneman will all be in attendance. Memorabilia will also be sold, with all the proceeds going to help pay for the cost of the surgery.

The Daniel James Miller Foundation is also taking donations. You can read more about little Danny’s story here on Facebook, while donations can be made by visiting the Miller foundation’s website.

So far it’s been said the donations have been overwhelming and TapouT even pitched in, providing 100 shirts to go to people who have already pitched in to help Miller out. It’s times like these that make me especially proud to be a MMA fan. The compassion and outpouring of support have truly been inspirational.

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