Vancouver Island Variety Kids: Max

Today Vancouver Island Blog concludes its four-part series introducing you to four very special Vancouver Island kids who are making a huge difference in their local communities through Variety – The Children’s Charity. In previous weeks you met Angel, Nicholas and Mackenzie. Today you’ll meet Max.

The Comox Valley is home to expansive farmland, including the farm home of Max and his family – with four older siblings! When it was Max’s time to come along, his family had no worries about welcoming a fifth child onto the family’s dairy farm.


Photo: © Variety – The Children’s Charity
[used with permission]

While Max’s older siblings were all born healthy, Max’s mom Jay felt that something wasn’t quite right during her pregnancy with Max. Complications quickly arose and Jay had to pay an emergency visit to BC Women’s hospital in Vancouver.

Max was born prematurely with underdeveloped organs and required surgery to correct a heart murmur. Max would remain in hospital for the first four months of his life and, about a month after he was finally permitted to go home to the Comox Valley, doctors confirmed a diagnosis of cerebral palsy.

While the diagnosis certainly meant that Max would face challenges in life, his tenacious spirit has been a tremendous help to the whole family. Max has been able to access physiotherapy at the Child Development Centre, at which it was suggested the family contacted Variety. Variety paid for the conversion of the family van to allow Max’s wheelchair easy access, meaning Max can go wherever his family goes.

Because of the awesome assistance from Variety, Max has spent the last three years campaigning to raise funds and help other boys and girls in our province that also need help. This year Max hopes to raise $1,000 and he’s almost half-way there! If you wish to support Max, please visit Max’s personal fundraising page.

Proceeds from the 2012 Kids’ Coin Drive will go towards helping children who have special needs and their families with grants for things like emergency transportation costs to out-of-community hospitals, expensive medications, mobility and communication devices, and therapeutic programs to give them the same chances in life as other children.

If you, your family or your business would like to support the Coin Drive between now and October 31st, please visit the Kids’ Coin Drive website today. Cash donations are also being accepted at all IGA, Marketplace IGA and Bank of Montreal locations.

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