Buddy Miley was an American football player from Warminster, Pennsylvania. He was Born on January 28, 1956. Buddy played the quarterback position for William Tennent high school, and was projected to be a professional football player. In 1968, he was selected to play for the Pennsylvania Little Quakers, a regional football all-star team.
On September 29th, 1973, at the age of 17, Buddy Miley was hit from behind, while playing football, and became paralyzed from the neck down, ending his dreams of being a star athlete.
Buddy Miley's younger brother, James "Jimmy" Miley, stayed home to take care of his brother Buddy, even though he had been drafted by the Houston Astros in 1980, and the Cleveland Indians in 1981, and attended training camp with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jimmy chose to stay home with Buddy, because he felt guilty that he was given an opportunity that his brother could never have, to be a professional athlete.
Buddy Miley attempted to regain his mobility by various means, therapies, and treatments. After twenty-three years of excruciating pain, and a series of failed treatments, Buddy determined that he was ready to die. He desired to seek the help of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, aka "Dr. Death", a controversial figure, who performed many medically-assisted deaths. Buddy asked his brother Jimmy to contact Dr. Jack Kevorkian on his behalf, and help him end his life.
Buddy and Jimmy Miley traveled to Detroit, Michigan, and checked into a Quality Hotel, where they had arranged to meet Dr. Kevorkian. Buddy Miley died on March 19th, 1997, at the age of 41, with the help of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who provided a lethal injection at Buddy's request.
In 1998, The Buddy Miley Scholarship was created at Tennent high school, by Buddy's friend Pat Delaney. The scholarship is in the amount of $5,000 per year, for four years. The Buddy Miley Scholarship is awarded to student athletes who require financial assistance.
On April 24th 2012, St. Martin's Press published a book based on Buddy Miley's story. The book is titled "Like Any Normal Day: A Story of Devotion" and was written by Mark Kram Jr.
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