Max was born on June 30, 2001. He was diagnosed with stage IV, high-risk neuroblastoma in October 2004. He whizzed through frontline treatment and by the following summer was effectively on the road back to a "normal" life. Unfortunately, Max relapsed (as most high-risk neuroblastoma patients do) in November 2006. Max fought bravely, entering a clinical trial combination with other chemo agents. This combination diminished the disease until there was just one tiny spot still evident on his spine. But in February 2008 the beast came roaring back and despite everything that was tried, the cancer continued to aggressively spread. Max passed away on August 31, 2008 at 8:45 PM in his Mommy and Daddy's bed, at the age of seven.
In April 2008, I began photographing Max at least once every week (more if I was able). The goal was to not only chronicle Max's battle, but also to raise awareness and ultimately drive action in the fight against pediatric cancer. The images above are a small selection of approximately 30,000 photographs that I was able to provide to Max's family.