Max is an extremely outgoing kid! He loves to go camping, fishing and rafting. However, all of these things became more difficult when he was diagnosed with leukemia. Despite this diagnosis, he kept a positive outlook on life with the help of his incredibly supportive family. In fact, even with Max's surgery for a cleft lip and his treatments for leukemia, when asked what the hardest thing he has ever done he said, "Taking out the garbage! Our driveway is long and gravelly."
Max was so excited when he learned that he was eligible for a wish. It made him feel a little bit of hope and he found that he was able to approach his treatments with a strength that had been lost. When his wish granters Sheri and Sharon approached him about his wish he talked about how much he loved animals of all kinds. How he would love to be on a boat and see marine life or even touch a sting ray or pet a marine iguana. This combined with Max's adventurous spirit led him to wish to go to Hawaii!
He and his family had an incredible time. They swam, walked on the beach and were enamored by all the wildlife that doesn't exist in Idaho. They were able to spend time as a family and not worry about hospital appointments. Max is so grateful for these memories as he continues with his treatments.
"Bristol-Myers Squibb’s generosity allows us to grant even more life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses. Without them, some children might not experience the transformational power a wish has, which can give them the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness,” said Make-A-Wish Idaho President Sarah Shinn. “When our kids learn that their wish has been granted, it’s like an electric charge has sparked within them. Many times, their physicians and care providers see a noticeable change in their behavior and progress just knowing that their wish has been granted and that they’re about to embark on an unforgettable journey that they’ll remember forever.”
Bristol-Myers Squibb’s generous support of Make-A-Wish over the last two years has paved the way for wishes like Max's to come true for kids across the country battling childhood cancer.