"His cancer scared me for sure, but made our family stronger and closer to each other."
- Max's sister, Evelyn, age 13
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30 Days/30 Stories
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. At PCFLV, we are committed to spreading the GOLD all year long. However, in September, we truly make it our mission. 30 Days, 30 Stories celebrates the children we know and love and the brave battles they fight and have fought, with their families by their sides. In celebrating these beautiful children and their stories, we hope to inspire you to join us in our mission to SPREAD THE GOLD in September and all year long!

September 1st
I cannot tell you how many amazing and strong families I have met who have gone through tough times with loved ones. My family and I happen to be one of those families. My brother Maximillian (Max) went through a form of cancer called bilateral retinoblastoma, an eye cancer, in both of his eyes.

On March 6, 2012, Max was diagnosed at 4 months old. My mom, Tina, saw the yellow color in his eye. She was worried and when I found out about the yellow mark, I became worried as well. When we found out that he had cancer, we became very anxious. I was in 1st grade; my sister, Dana, was in kindergarten; and my youngest sister, Giada, was still a young toddler. That year, too, my grandma died, who I was very close to. My siblings were a bit too young to understand what was going on, but I knew clearly. That year was very hard for me because of a new school, my grandmother passing away, and Max's cancer. On June 22, 2016, Max had his right eye removed as a precautionary step, for the cancer to never spread. The large tumor was GONE, it was out of his body and no longer a threat. That is the day we celebrate in this journey. On October 8th he got his new eye. Can you tell it is a super eye - free of cancer?

For the next few years, I have never given up on my brother and helped out around the house, making sure my brother was always safe from harm's way. His cancer scared me for sure, but made our family stronger and closer to each other. God has been with us and blessed us. I'd like to thank him and all of the people who have saved my little brother.

-written by Max's sister, Evelyn, age 13

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