Comic Max Alexander's Medical Fund
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
• 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 : email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org, and he will help.
Thank you all so much for keeping Max in your hearts, and we hope to see you there!
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.