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Husband remembers wife Jessica Miller, charity founder, community activist

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The Cedar Valley community is stunned by news of the death of a young wife and mother of two, whose life and charity impacted so many. Her husband hopes she will be remembered for her endless compassion and care. 

According to her husband, Andy, Jessica Miller died in a car crash early Tuesday morning in Dodge County, Wisconsin.

43-year old Jessica has been active in the Cedar Valley community, and was featured on KWWL-TV in August of 2010 for her charity work.

The Millers are best known for founding Karsyn's Krusaders, a non-profit organization created after their daughter's battle with cancer. Karsyn's Krusaders is a dirt track automotive racing-based cancer charity that raises awareness and money to help others affected by the disease.

In a 2010 interview with KWWL, Miller said, "We're spreading the love with cupcakes." Her message of "spreading the love" is one she lived and breathed.

Known for her radiant smile, and full of life personality, Miller touched nearly everyone she met. 

"She just really cared about people," said husband Andy Miller. "She was probably the most non-judgmental person I've ever known." 

Miller says her compassion started when their daughter Karsyn, now twelve, was diagnosed with cancer at just the age of three. The news rocked their world, as Karsyn started to undergo countless treatments.

The fighter in Miller knew there was a bigger purpose. Soon after,  she started Karsyn's Krusaders.

In her own words, Miller described the charity to KWWL back in 2010. 

"Although the situation is really terrible for us, it is very terrible for others," said Miller. "And we just need to make sure that all these other organizations who have helped us are still there, and are able to help all of the others."

Miller took her love of track racing to a whole new level-where cancer didn't stand a chance. 

 "Short of us, racing was her life, that was her passion, that's what she loved to do," said Andy Miller. 

Her work with Karsyn's Krusaders has raised thousands of dollars and continues to touch people all over the country. 

"She never understood that," said Andy Miller. "I just hope she understands how many people she touched, because it's a lot more than she ever thought."

Miller was really the driving force behind Karsyn's Krusaders, raising over $650,000 over the years. Her mission was always more-and it's the motto of "kicking this world with kindness" that her family hopes will carry on. 

Andy says his wife was on her way to a charity event race in Wisconsin when the accident happened.

According to WITI, Jessica Miller was a passenger in a pick-up truck hauling the race car when it collided with the back of a semi.

Miller died when she was thrown from the vehicle.

Her son Austin, who plays for Don Bosco, will be playing Thursday night against Hudson. The team will be wearing baseball hats with the logo "JM" as a tribute to Jessica. The team hopes to pack the field for the game that will start at 5 p.m. at Traer. 

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