That night, Max was diagnosed with a rare form of stage four, B Cell Lymphoma. This type of cancer had never before been seen by the oncologists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. The cancer had started in his right elbow and had metastasized to his left knee. His family was devastated. One thing that made Max’s cancer so unique was that although the cancer was found in his bone, it was not found in his blood.
Max underwent two years of intense chemotherapy treatments. During his treatments, Max would carry a stuffed lion doll with him to the hospital. He said it helped him be brave and battle the cancer with courage. That is why our “mascot” is a lion, who is honorably named Lion Max, and our motto is Roar For A Cure.