Hi, my name is Max! I am a super silly, kind, adventurous 5 year old boy who loves EVERYTHING dinosaurs, building with Legos and dancing to my favorite jams. (Hi Luke Bryan!) I was diagnosed with multiple life threatening food allergies at the age of 9 months old following a near fatal anaphylactic reaction. Since that day I have suffered 13 anaphylactic reactions and ??? (my mama lost count) minor reactions. As most people with food allergies do, I also suffer from eczema and asthma. Luckily, with TCM treatment and a move to the PNW my eczema and asthma flare ups have become much more manageable. Thank you Dr. Li and clean air!! With my immune system in better condition it's time to start working on hopefully eliminating some of these stubborn food allergies! There aren't a whole lot of treatment options out there for kids like me so when my mom got the call last year that I was off the waitlist for a treatment program in California she was ecstatic! She was also anxious and feeling very overwhelmed. You see, this treatment isn't cheap, even with insurance. (mine currently doesn't cover it) A very generous group of individuals held a Volleyball tournament to help raise funds for me, many of our friends and family have contributed to my fund and my mama must have baked a gazillion allergy-friendly treats that she sold at bake sales. She even went door to door in our neighborhood like a grown up Girl Scout! haha Even with all of this, and we are BEYOND grateful, we are still lightyears from our goal. Currently all funds raised in the last year are in a savings account reserved for my treatment. We put off starting treatment until we knew we would have enough to cover at least the first six months. It would be horrible to start treatment without the financial ability to continue. In the meantime my mom has also been continuously researching alternative treatment options, hoping and praying for something local. I am coming to you with hope in my heart, my mama's heart filled with great fear and vulnerability. Any support is so greatly appreciated. Be it financial, emotional, or simply just sharing our story, a story that is so much more than a mama seeking help to get her son the treatment he needs. Our story is about hope, kindness, education, advocacy and above all else, LOVE. You can follow our story on Facebook at Max the Mighty. My mama promises to update the page soon. She got a bit discouraged and refocused her energy at preparing me (and my school) for Kindergarten. She advocated like a boss and we are both so thrilled to be a part of such a forward thinking, allergy aware school that runs on kindness, respect and inclusion. Stay tuned for updates. Until then, be kind and love one another.