Annie’s Fund has maintained the simple mission of supporting institutions and individual artists who might otherwise go unfunded.
A Reason to Believe
The fund honors Dr. Anne Miller, who at the end of her life was a respected surgeon, a leader in her field (a miracle worker, some would say), an artist and artisan in mediums ranging from blown glass to cuisine, a dedicated patron of the arts, a loving wife, and a friend to many.
Anne Miller was born on December 10, 1953 in Portsmouth, Ohio. She gained her love for healing and nurturing others from her Father a Family Practitioner and local fixture in the Portsmouth community; her independence and willingness for anything new from her Mother; and her sense of adventure from her Grand fathers, who were both big game hunters and naturalists (one even accompanied Teddy Roosevelt on his “River of doubt” expedition).
Anne received her undergraduate degree and Medical degree from The Ohio State University, and her postgraduate training at Riverside Methodist Hospital and The Ohio State University. By her early Forties, she was a well-published and nationally respected scientist and plastic Surgeon.
Dr. Miller was a true healer. She said that the work she was most passionate about was with the women who survived breast cancer. She reconstructed their bodies so they could begin to reconstruct their lives.
Anne was also a coach and advocate. She believed in people and their ability to reach and exceed their potential. She always had an encouraging word. She always had faith.
Anne, on your birthday, and on the tenth anniversary of the founding of your generous organization, we celebrate you!
The Fund believes that “Beauty Lives in What Hands and Minds Create.”
An Inspired Project
About the time of Anne’s death, something beside the road caught Dr. Falcone’s eye. During a period in which he was traveling extensively, he observed a consistent feature on the American landscape. Whatever road he was on, whatever state he was in, it was the same. People marked the place where they lost a loved one in an accident with a handmade cross. Once he noticed them, he could not stop seeing them. He embarked on an exploration, documenting these remembrances across the United States. Before long he found himself assembling the material for a book, “The Road Cross”, which will be published in 2009, all proceeds to benefit Annie’s Fund.