Support For Maxwell Holden & Family

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Over the past few days, what was thought to be a simple ear infection has revealed a diagnosis of Pediatric Neuroblastoma for 16-month-old Maxwell Holden. As you can imagine, this news has come as a staggering burden emotionally, mentally, and financially as the Holden’s spend all of their possible resources supporting Max to provide the best treatment possible.

Here are some facts about Pediatric Neuroblastoma -

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/kimmel_cancer_center/centers/pediatric_oncology/becoming_our_patient/cancer_types/neuroblastoma.html

https://www.stjude.org/disease/neuroblastoma.html

https://www.cancer.gov/types/neuroblastoma/hp/neuroblastoma-treatment-pdq

Tahj Holden is a Red Bank High School and University of Maryland Alumni. He is the current basketball coach of Ranney High School and a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley. He is a beloved father, son, husband, friend and coach.

Carrie Holden studied dramatic arts at San Diego City College and is a Sales and Education Manager for Boscia skincare. She is a devoted mother, sister, daughter, wife, friend and associate.

Max’s next 18-24 months of treatment will inevitably cost upwards of $200,000, not to mention the ongoing costs every day life and of raising their three-year-old son Cole.

Please help support Maxwell Holden and family during this unbelievably difficult time. Anything helps. We thank you from the depths of our hearts. I will update this page as Max’s treatment plan unfolds.

-Friends of The Holden’s
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Well, it’s a happy Monday!
As long as Warrior Max doesn’t spike a fever between now and 2 pm, he gets to go HOME TODAY!

Max will next go to Children’s Hosptial of Philadelphia (CHOP) to begin the process for his eventual stem cell therapy (4/23), but for now he gets to rest at home.

This is a HUGE MILESTONE, a HUGE MARKER OF SUCCESS, a HUGE CELEBRATION, and a testament to Max’s incredible strength and courage. We can only push treatment as far as Warrior Max allows and he is currently smashing all of our expectations.

Team Holden wouldn’t be here for this first moment so quickly if it weren’t the support of so many to help mobilize for Max’s care. We can never thank you enough.

Max updates to follow from home this week!
Send all the love prayers and congrats to the best parents, Carrie Holden and Tahj Holden who get to sleep under the same roof with their children for the first time in a month tonight.

Carrie and Tahj, I love you guys. I’m so proud and amazed by the way you have handled this challenge thrown at you. Absolute Warriors in every sense of the word.

And congratulations on just the first of SO MANY MILESONES, to Warrior Max! This afternoon we can play with toys at home instead. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

#MaxStrong
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Yesterday we waited with Warrior Max to have another minor surgery. Anesthesia means fasting the entire day, which means no nap, so a full menu of games and distractions rather than Cheerios were on deck. I took the opportunity to hunt for Max smiles, my favorite hobby. It wasn’t an easy day, but boy, it was a good one. ❤️

Max had a successful reinstall of his port last night, as it had shifted out of place. He’s ready to begin his next 5 chemotherapy sessions on Monday.

Team Holden will celebrate Easter 2018 away from the comforts of home this year, but there will be an abundance of REAL LOVE, UNENDING HOPE and FEARLESS FAITH.

It was a full day or two post arriving at the hospital before any of us first noticed the words painted on the outside of Max’s window. We were all in a trance.
At some point in those days Carrie quietly said, “Faith over fear”, breaking the silence of waiting, “I really like that.”
Indeed. We have said it ever since.

Share Max’s campaign to support his long road of treatment. #neuroblastoma #WarriorMax #FaithOverFear
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DADDY SNUGGLES! ❤️

Tahj Holden said yesterday was a good day with Warrior Max, and it looks like he’s right.
#MaxStrong #HISFACE #tooMUCH

https://www.gofundme.com/58oap3k
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Let me explain.

We noticed a few of Max’s tiny sweet curls
on his hospital gown a few days ago and knew his hair had begun to fall out. Carrie Holden, like any Mama, wasn’t exactly thrilled that her baby (who was born with lots of hair) is losing his, even for a limited period of time. Very understandable.

Other than the mass removed from his adrenal/Kidney area, Max has a tumor behind his right eye and 6 around his head, on the outside of the skull, embedded into bone. The mass behind his eye is what led to a diagnosis, first diagnosed as infection. Max’s eye swelling has been subsiding since we started chemo, but he gets lots of eye drops and ointment to keep them clean and lubricated. Problem, the ointment started to grab Max’s little hairs and they were sticking to his already sensitive eyes. He was crying with irritation as we had his eyes flushed, which he hates. I think everyone was crying by that point.

When Mama Carrie said, “how do we stop this from happening?” And I said “shave it”. She said, “DO IT.” And made it happen. He’s been comfortable and back to healing ever since.

This post is about the decision to shave Max’s head and how perspective can change in an instant. This post is about courageous parents. This post is about bravery in the face of the unknown. This post is about FAITH OVER FEAR. We love you Max! I love you Team Holden. This is real love.

#MaxStrong
Donate and share! Our site will go live soon. I have raised the goal with respect to the evolving scope of Max’s treatment, which is extensive.
https://www.gofundme.com/58oap3k
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