One of my friends, a former Marine, a Vietnam Veteran and recipient of 3 Purple Hearts is fighting a new battle, for the life of his 8 1/2 year old grandson. Max Vasquez (Big Max)’s grandson Little Max (Jedi Max) is fighting for his life.
Big Max is a member of my local Hays County CenTex AMVETS Post 115, he’s also a member of the VFW, the Patriot Riders and the Vietnam Veterans of America. Big Max has a heart bigger than life and he is always giving of himself to help others. On Monday Max started leading more than 200 injured veterans and their supporters on a seven-day, 385-mile bicycle ride from San Antonio to Fort Worth.
NEGU = Never Ever Give Up!! That’s Jedi Max’s Motto.
Max is an 8 1/2 year old boy that is engaged in the fight of his life against an aggressive type of cancer.
Max is your typical eight year old boy, fun loving, video playing, lego building, Star Wars kind of kid. His mom, Jay, is a huge Beatles fan with a wonderfully warped sense of humor. Max’s dad, Scott, is an Active Duty Medic in the US Army with recent tours to Iraq. Max loves his adorable little sister, Katie.
Life decided to throw a curve ball in May 2012, when he started to get headaches. A scan of his brain revealed a mass. Within a very short period of time they were scheduled for surgery to remove the mass, which they would soon learn to be an aggressive form of cancer – Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM).
Chemotherapy treatments, frequent doctor appointments, and all things medical soon consumed their days. Somehow though, this family of four seemed to take this challenge on in a way that has amazed many. Things seemed to be a little less eventful toward the end of 2012. January 2013 rang in with good news coming near the end of the month that the scans were clear.
Fast forward to March.
March 2013 … mere weeks following the clear scan … another scan would reveal four new tumors in his brain. March 7, 2013 confirmation was received via MRI that his sweet 8 year old spine contains tumors.
With the news of Max’s latest challenge, his mom asked him where he would want to travel to if he were able. He stated he wanted to see the Eiffel Tower with his family. Quickly, we have gotten to work and organized donation sites to get Max and his family to Paris as quickly as possible. Within three days, over $7ooo has been raised, spreading awareness by word of mouth, and embracing social media … blogging, and facebook. We are asking for help in getting Max’s story out, in the hope that others will help them too.
As of March 8, Max and Katie were home from school, embarking on a homeschooling adventure. Both Jay and Scott are now home indefinitely.
You can help “Jedi” Max by donating to the medical relief for set up to help pay for Max’s continuing fight for his life.
Please join us in Max’s fight against cancer. Please like his page, http://www.facebook.com/