Miles for Michael is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2006 out of Michael Joyce’s vision to help local families battling cancer. Addressing the needs of local cancer patients and their families, the Miles for Michael fund provides support for unexpected expenses such as travel, lodging, food, gas, and tolls that will help families to remain with loved ones during treatment and recovery.
Our non-profit organization is a way for family and friends of Michael Joyce to remember this extraordinary man in an extraordinary way. Michael was president of Joyce Financial Group and was well-known across the region for his loving ways. It was that selflessness that led to the formation of the Miles for Michael Event held on Saturday, June 17, 2006. Throughout his 14-month battle with head and neck cancer, Michael never asked anything for himself, but asked his friends to provide support to other families who might not be as capable of handling the financial burdens of long-distance treatments. Although the original goal of the Miles for Michael Event was $10,000, more than $100,000 was raised. A large portion was given to the American Cancer Society – Wyoming Valley Unit for cancer research, and $50,000 went toward establishing a permanent fund within The Luzerne Foundation.
Although he lost his battle with cancer shortly after the formation of this non-profit, his dream continues to live on.