Miller Strong pre-book launch shows strength in numbers

Don’t tell Erin Miller no!

No carries a lot of negative connotation and she’s done with negativity. Instead, the long-time former Portage Hospital employee and executive director of its foundation is meeting life head-on has written a book, “Miller Strong” that she says will be made into a movie. She has made it her mission to inspire others to rewrite their stories.

Miller lost her son to drugs. It tore her up, but Miller Strong, the foundation, the book and the yet to be made movie is about “taking our experiences and rewriting the end with a better outcome,” says Miller. “Obviously important details can’t be changed, but we can change some things.”

Her level of positivity will collide with your negativity and beat it into submission. In the end, you will become a member of her family — the Miller Strong family — open to anyone who wants to join.

On Saturday night Erin Miller held a pre-launch book party at the Canad Inn to celebrate with supporters and announce her book may be out as early as Aug. 20, the date that would have been her son’s birthday.

Lori McFarland, whose daughter Amber went missing 10 years ago without a clue, joined Miller in telling her tale of loss, heartache and life.

“Fireball Paul” Shepherd performed his composition “Girl Gone Missing”, a song inspired by Amber and

going missing in separate incidents. McFarland said the song has been an important part of the soundtrack of her life since she first heard it.


Lori McFarland giving a speech about her relationship to Erin Miller. Mickey
Dumont/Citizen photo
The Miller Strong family portrait. Many more were on either side. Mickey Dumont/Citizen photo
“Fireball Paul” Shepherd performs “Girl gone Missing”. Paul Fireball Shepherd
Dave Rogers and Lucien Spence. Paul Fireball Shepherd

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