Comic Max Alexander's Medical Fund

$52,671 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 679 people in 30 months
Elayne Boosler
on behalf of Michael Drelich
 STUDIO CITY, CA
If you've ever had the good fortune to meet comedian Max Alexander, or were lucky enough to be his friend, you know Max's generosity, friendship, support, and willingness to do just about anything to help others knows no bounds. If you ever saw him perform you know he is one of the funniest, kindest human beings on the planet. Now, our friend needs our help. 

Max's health has been so difficult these last years. He survived a kidney transplant even though the kidney generously given by his brother wasn't a perfect match. A few months ago, he developed a large facial tumor that turned out to be cancerous. In typical Max fashion, he kept the bad news to himself, thinking he'd just get through this and not burden his friends. His facial nerve was wrapped around and all through the tumor. The treatment after surgery was six solid weeks of being strapped to a table and receiving radiation and chemo to his face and head, every single day. By the end of that treatment, Max was left debilitated. He woke up in a hospital, not knowing how he had gotten there, what happened, or how long he'd been there. He went through three hospitals, and just today was moved to a rehabilitation facility in NY. He is slowly regaining his faculties and speech, but recently discovered his wallet empty.

It's a sad fact of life in America that even though we work our whole lives, and pay our taxes, and buy insurance, when a true health emergency arises, most of us don't have the money to get well, or even to keep our bills paid while we try. If you know Max you love him. If he's ever made you laugh, smile, made you happy, been your friend, your colleague, he could use your help. This fundraiser is 100% for Max to continue to get the care he needs, and to help pay his bills while he does. It's not a handout; he has worked hard his whole life, and been responsible, and made provisions, but when things get this bad, often it's just not enough. Please share far and wide, and please donate whatever you can. Everything helps and it adds up. Nothing is too small to help a friend. I can think of no greater outcome than to have the good fortune to see the incredible Max Alexander back onstage, making the world laugh. Thank you. Signed, Max's friend, Elayne Boosler.
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Dear Friends of Max Alexander,
Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year. Please forgive me for reaching out this way, but I think it's the best way to let you know of "An Evening of Tribute" for Max. This was put together by friends of Max's in NYC, and Mike Fine and I are happy to help.

MAX ALEXANDER TRIBUTE
A tribute for Max Alexander will be held at the New York Friars Club (57 East 55th St, New York, NY 10022) on February 22nd. Wine and light dinner will be served from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Program starts at 7:00 PM. If you would like to attend and share a story, please RSVP by emailing Mike Fine at: mike@mikefinecomedy.com, with the number of people attending, and with any questions. The Friar's Club space is very small, and is filling up quickly, so the best way to save a seat and to make sure there is still room is to contact Mike.

If Unable To Attend, Please Make a Video:
For those who would like to attend, but unfortunately won’t be able to, please consider recording a brief “MAX MEMORY”, by recording a memory, story, or joke on your cell phone’s camera, which will get played at the tribute.

Video Submission:
• Please try and keep videos brief (1-2 minutes) so we can include them all.
• SEND clips with “Max Memory” in subject line, via email to Mike : mike@mikefinecomedy.com
• If file is too big to send via email, WeTransfer provides a free service for files up to 2GB and is very easy to use. https://wetransfer.com/
• Please try to send clips asap to be included.
• If you’re having difficulty or have technical questions regarding recording and/or sending, please feel free to email Mike at: mike@mikefinecomedy.com, and he will help.

Thank you all so much for keeping Max in your hearts, and we hope to see you there!




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Dear Friends, This is our final good bye to our dear Max, buried at Eretz Hachaim cemetery, near Bet Shemesh, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel. I brought all your love and regards with me. All of your generous donations were used to help pay Max's hospital bills, and to bury him in Israel. His family is eternally grateful to you all, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. May Max always be remembered with love, and may the way he lived, with love and support for all, be carried forward by us. Be safe and well. Much Love, Elayne
Rest well old friend, you've earned it.
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Hi Friends, I hope you don't mind me reaching out to you in our sadness, I needed the company. I also wanted to assure you that you made Max's life, and hospital care, so much better by making it possible to afford round-the-clock private nursing, which insurance does not cover, and which costs just a little bit more than buying a congressman. Even donations which came in as late as yesterday and today will be applied to the Mt. Everest of hospital and funeral bills. I set up the GoFundMe money to be available to be withdrawn only by Max, not me, so now Max's brother Moishe will be able to access the funds to use them the way they were intended. Moishe, if you don't know, is a rabbi, who donated his kidney to Max several years ago, even though it wasn't the best match, because Max was out of time then, and Moishe was willing to gamble a kidney to save his brother. So in a way, Max really did get all this extra time with us, thanks to his wonderful brother.

If a person can be judged by the amount of people deeply saddened by his passing, then Max Alexander was truly loved. What a life well lived; always thinking of others, helping, caring, offering solutions, love, support, a kind word. There are many cliches spoken when one passes, but every one of them is true here: Max Alexander actually made the world better, onstage and off. He made it funnier, happier, kinder and more loving. And nobody, nobody, told a joke better than Max Alexander. He will be missed, but he will never be gone.
Simply the Best
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Dearest Friends, we lost our dear Max this evening. He passed away in the hospital. Your donations and love were incredible in helping him feel loved and supported while he bravely fought for his life. The money will be applied to his bills and funeral. But nothing can compare to all the love shown, the messages, the memories posted, everything you all did to let him know what he meant to each and every one of you. The outpouring of love and support is the finest testament to a life I can think of. Deepest condolences to all who are feeling this loss. Deepest love for your kindness to our friend. I know we are all beyond sad to hear this news. I will keep you updated.
Our Maxie
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Catte Adams
29 months ago
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Hi Elayne, I was so so sad to hear that Max died last night. Oh my God. I was not expecting that. Let me just say, that Max was one of the dearest people I have ever had the honor to share the stage with, in the show Crazy Girls in Vegas. We were the only ones who did not have to take our clothes off! And we were so happy about that! We were in a show, and just like Max, he was always reaching out to others, giving of his time, talent, and big heart. Max was one of the truly great ones. So humble, kinda shy, and a deep deep soul. I shall miss him, as all of us who knew him will. He will be making the heaven's roar tonight and as always, I'll be watching. Love you for making all of this possible. Truly you are a great great friend to Max. And I am so glad you reached out to us. Much love to you Elayne, and though we have not met except in passing, I hope one day to make that time a little longer to thank you in person. All the best, and God bless. With affection, Catte Adams

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Elayne Boosler
30 months ago
2
2

Lynn, I have no idea why donating from Canada would not go through. Thank you for trying! If you like, you can mail a check. I have posted the address in the second update here. Thank you so much again. E

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Elayne Boosler
30 months ago
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Thanks so much for asking. I'm waiting for Max to let me know if he can indeed have visitors, or at least receive mail or flowers (I'm sure he'd prefer bagels). As soon as I know I will post here.

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E.B. Moss
30 months ago
2
2

Elayne - thanks for this. Please let me know where/how to visit and support our wonderful buddy? Message me on FB or via @mossappeal. Thank you.

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Jeremy Vernon
27 months ago
1
1

Elayne you did a beautiful thing, especially your hearfelt eulogy, that has touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. (Voo denn?) I regret that I haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting you or Max, but that will be corrected some day soon, in Max's case preferable not too soon. Thank you for posting the wonderful video, which has only come to my attention this day. Warmest wishes, Jeremy Vernon

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Jane Condon
29 months ago
1
1

You are the best, Elayne. He was surrounded by love because of you.

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Cathy Ladman
29 months ago
1
1

Oh, Elayne. I know how you feel. There is a huge community of love and support here. I'm so glad that Max was well-loved and well-cared for. He was a gem. xoxo

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Julie Stein-Bobrick
29 months ago
1
1

Dear Elayne and Steve I'm so sorry to hear of Max's passing. Though your hearts are heavy with grief, please take a moment to realize how amazing your fund raisings efforts were. You showed us that wonderful things can happen when "the village" works together. Max having round the clock private nursing care was a priceless gift. Wishing you peace and strength at this difficult time. xox Julie

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Lonnie Shorr
29 months ago
1
1

Elayne you and Steve did a wonderful job Didn't have the pleasure of knowing Max, but from what I've learned, he left a great legacy for many people. Hope you're well, and hope our paths cross soon!

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Dick Capri
29 months ago
1
1

Elayne , you are the best what a great heart you have and want nothing in return , by the way I could use a few jokes

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Elli thekingofbroadway
29 months ago
1
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When is the Funeral? And Shivah info please?

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Michael Siddons
29 months ago
1
1

Elayne, you did a wonderful thing for Max with this fund me event. We all appreciate what you have done for Max, and thank you for allowing us to give back. He's looking at you with his thumbs pointing up! I feel so deeply about your loss- he was a Kind and Thoughtful man.

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Lynn Dodwell
29 months ago
1
1

My heart weeps!

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Jeff Perlowin
29 months ago
1
1

Oh, so, so sad to hear this news. Rest in peace dear Max. You were a kind and gentle soul and will be dearly missed down here on earth...

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Tom Ragu
29 months ago
1
1

I am gonna miss you Max -- I loved our laughs together, and THANK YOU Elayne for setting up this page. You are the best!

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Dick Capri
29 months ago
1
1

So sorry,great loss he was a a wonderful person

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De Torg
29 months ago
1
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Bless Max and his family! And bless You Elayne, and Steve! The two of you deserve more in the next world, I hope God smiles on the two of you!

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Steve Altman
29 months ago
1
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Elayne So sorry to hear this. I loved that big guy.

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Gigi Koury
29 months ago
1
1

My heart is heavy tonight. Thank you Elayne for all you have done for our friend Max.

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Jay Rudko
29 months ago
1
1

This is very sad news, indeed. I know how loved he was in the community, and his passing is a shock. But there's some comfort in knowing that he's not suffering anymore. My deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. He's making them laugh in Heaven now.

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27 months ago
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28 months ago
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maggie van ostrand
29 months ago

Thanks, Max.

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dr george pollard
29 months ago

Ditto the comment from Bruce B.

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Anonymous
29 months ago
JS
$42
Joy Steele
29 months ago

In loving memory of Max, and the smiles he gave.

Catte Adams
29 months ago
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2

Hi Elayne, I was so so sad to hear that Max died last night. Oh my God. I was not expecting that. Let me just say, that Max was one of the dearest people I have ever had the honor to share the stage with, in the show Crazy Girls in Vegas. We were the only ones who did not have to take our clothes off! And we were so happy about that! We were in a show, and just like Max, he was always reaching out to others, giving of his time, talent, and big heart. Max was one of the truly great ones. So humble, kinda shy, and a deep deep soul. I shall miss him, as all of us who knew him will. He will be making the heaven's roar tonight and as always, I'll be watching. Love you for making all of this possible. Truly you are a great great friend to Max. And I am so glad you reached out to us. Much love to you Elayne, and though we have not met except in passing, I hope one day to make that time a little longer to thank you in person. All the best, and God bless. With affection, Catte Adams

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Elayne Boosler
30 months ago
2
2

Lynn, I have no idea why donating from Canada would not go through. Thank you for trying! If you like, you can mail a check. I have posted the address in the second update here. Thank you so much again. E

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Elayne Boosler
30 months ago
2
2

Thanks so much for asking. I'm waiting for Max to let me know if he can indeed have visitors, or at least receive mail or flowers (I'm sure he'd prefer bagels). As soon as I know I will post here.

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E.B. Moss
30 months ago
2
2

Elayne - thanks for this. Please let me know where/how to visit and support our wonderful buddy? Message me on FB or via @mossappeal. Thank you.

+ Read More
Jeremy Vernon
27 months ago
1
1

Elayne you did a beautiful thing, especially your hearfelt eulogy, that has touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. (Voo denn?) I regret that I haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting you or Max, but that will be corrected some day soon, in Max's case preferable not too soon. Thank you for posting the wonderful video, which has only come to my attention this day. Warmest wishes, Jeremy Vernon

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Jane Condon
29 months ago
1
1

You are the best, Elayne. He was surrounded by love because of you.

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Cathy Ladman
29 months ago
1
1

Oh, Elayne. I know how you feel. There is a huge community of love and support here. I'm so glad that Max was well-loved and well-cared for. He was a gem. xoxo

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Julie Stein-Bobrick
29 months ago
1
1

Dear Elayne and Steve I'm so sorry to hear of Max's passing. Though your hearts are heavy with grief, please take a moment to realize how amazing your fund raisings efforts were. You showed us that wonderful things can happen when "the village" works together. Max having round the clock private nursing care was a priceless gift. Wishing you peace and strength at this difficult time. xox Julie

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Lonnie Shorr
29 months ago
1
1

Elayne you and Steve did a wonderful job Didn't have the pleasure of knowing Max, but from what I've learned, he left a great legacy for many people. Hope you're well, and hope our paths cross soon!

+ Read More
Dick Capri
29 months ago
1
1

Elayne , you are the best what a great heart you have and want nothing in return , by the way I could use a few jokes

+ Read More
Elli thekingofbroadway
29 months ago
1
1

When is the Funeral? And Shivah info please?

+ Read More
Michael Siddons
29 months ago
1
1

Elayne, you did a wonderful thing for Max with this fund me event. We all appreciate what you have done for Max, and thank you for allowing us to give back. He's looking at you with his thumbs pointing up! I feel so deeply about your loss- he was a Kind and Thoughtful man.

+ Read More
Lynn Dodwell
29 months ago
1
1

My heart weeps!

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Jeff Perlowin
29 months ago
1
1

Oh, so, so sad to hear this news. Rest in peace dear Max. You were a kind and gentle soul and will be dearly missed down here on earth...

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Tom Ragu
29 months ago
1
1

I am gonna miss you Max -- I loved our laughs together, and THANK YOU Elayne for setting up this page. You are the best!

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Dick Capri
29 months ago
1
1

So sorry,great loss he was a a wonderful person

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De Torg
29 months ago
1
1

Bless Max and his family! And bless You Elayne, and Steve! The two of you deserve more in the next world, I hope God smiles on the two of you!

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Steve Altman
29 months ago
1
1

Elayne So sorry to hear this. I loved that big guy.

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Gigi Koury
29 months ago
1
1

My heart is heavy tonight. Thank you Elayne for all you have done for our friend Max.

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Jay Rudko
29 months ago
1
1

This is very sad news, indeed. I know how loved he was in the community, and his passing is a shock. But there's some comfort in knowing that he's not suffering anymore. My deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. He's making them laugh in Heaven now.

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