When he was just four-and-a-half-years-old he was diagnosed with brain cancer. The very next day Max was rushed into brain surgery and the tumor was partially removed. Over three weeks later he was released from the hospital and started a journey that would include one and a half years of chemotherapy, four more brain surgeries, and 30 rounds of radiation.
And yet today Max excels in school, is learning tennis, and plays little league. Despite lingering effects from brain surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, Max is able to be a regular 8 year old boy. Max’s parents believe this is possible because his full treatment didn’t stop with these conventional therapies. Max also had access to a host of integrative therapies like positive healing narrative support, acupuncture, massage, regular exercise, optimal sleep, and most importantly evidence-based anticancer nutrition.
Inspired by Max's cancer journey, Max’s parents Audra and Justin started the MaxLove Project, a nonprofit dedicated to changing the odds for childhood cancer survivors by providing integrative therapeutic resources to families battling cancer. They believe that survivorship starts day #1 and that each child can be empowered to thrive through treatment and beyond. They have chosen to establish the MaxLove Project Hero Fund in order to fund research on the effects of nutrition in pediatric cancer treatment.
We're honored to welcome Linked with Liam to the team. Inspired by Liam's battle against brain cancer his community gathers in his honor and memory to raise funds for essential pediatric cancer research. We share the same interests, promising nontoxic therapeutic options to bring significant hope and optimum wellness to kids fighting cancer.
Donations made to the MaxLove Project Fund have funded Supportive Care Research Grants at Johns Hopkins and the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Kathy Ruble is researching sleep disturbances for children in treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Dr. Taryn Allen is researching mindfulness for children in treatment for brain tumors.
Donations given to the MaxLove Project Fund go directly to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund lifesaving childhood cancer research around the world. The Foundation is guided by a Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of leading experts in the childhood cancer community, to ensure that every dollar makes the greatest impact for kids with cancer.
These people make us smile - they’re the doers and money-raisers on behalf of MaxLove Project fund. They’re shaving their heads, hosting events, starting fundraisers and more to make childhood cancer research possible.
Start your own St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event to raise money on behalf of our Hero Fund! You’ll be paired with a staff member who will walk you through every step of the process, and you’ll have fun knowing you’re doing a great thing for kids with cancer.
Register to shave your head and raise money for our Hero Fund at any St. Baldrick’s event happening around the world! Not finding an event near you? Register as a virtual shavee and shave your head anytime, anywhere.