Help Max recover

$21,962 of $100k goal

Raised by 252 people in 12 months
Gert Du Preez  Gibsons, BC

We are raising funds on behalf of Danni and Frans du Preez whose youngest son Max suffered a severe fall within a month of being in Canada (from South Africa).

Their dreams have been put on hold as they care for 4 year old Max who after a severe fall resulting in swelling and bleeding on the brain and has been in a medically induced coma since 2 April. 

The money raised will go towards Max's medical treatment, any required equipment and recovery which at this stage is estimated to be over $100K.

Your donation will greatly assist this beautiful family to focus their undivided attention on Max and provide him with the greatest opportunity to recover quickly. 

Thank you in advance for any prayers and donations you are able to make. Max's family and friends close and far will forever be grateful especially his Mom and Dad - Danni and Frans.

Family photos from happier times.

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Update 22
Posted by Claire Alexander
23 days ago
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It's hard to believe a year has past since Max suffered severe brain injuries, Danni & Frans today wrote:

'A year ago today we nearly lost you, then we were told that we would lose most of you. You worked so hard to come back to us our Maximoo! We are so grateful that God blessed you with the amount of determination, strength, stubbornness and courage that he did. From relearning to hold your head up to taking your second first steps...we have watched your progress in wonder and deep pride. You truly are Max the Brave!
We have experienced the most incredible love and support this past year and if we thanked you all a thousand times it still wouldn't be enough!'

The love, support, prayers and donations from around the world over the past year has given Max and his family so much more than words can say. From the wider families we thank you for your generosity in our families greatest time of need. Max's life is forever for the better thanks to you.
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Update 21
Posted by Claire Alexander
23 days ago
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It's hard to believe a year has past since Max suffered severe brain injuries, Danni & Frans today wrote:

'A year ago today we nearly lost you, then we were told that we would lose most of you. You worked so hard to come back to us our Maximoo! We are so grateful that God blessed you with the amount of determination, strength, stubbornness and courage that he did. From relearning to hold your head up to taking your second first steps...we have watched your progress in wonder and deep pride. You truly are Max the Brave!
We have experienced the most incredible love and support this past year and if we thanked you all a thousand times it still wouldn't be enough!'

The love, support, prayers and donations from around the world over the past year has given Max and his family so much more than words can say. From the wider families we thank you for your generosity in our families greatest time of need. Max's life is forever for the better thanks to you.
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Update 20
Posted by Claire Alexander
2 months ago
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The du Preez family have been working extremely hard over the past few months adapting to working school life in Canada. Max in particular has made lots of progress with his ongoing recovery from his brain injuries he suffered last April.

Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast haven't had this much snow in more that 20 years. It has been interesting for sure for the du Preez adapting to their new country and focusing on Max's recovery. Danni and Fran’s told the locals they wanted a white Xmas and the locals said that would never happen!

Max is up to saying 10 words clearly and trying very hard on others. Just last week Max had his second session of Vitalstim Therapy, also known as e-stim. Small electronic pads stimulate the mouth and throat muscles. The family must travel to Seattle for this therapy with Max completing his first round in December and his second round last week. Max seems to talk really well after a session. This video of Max on the quad bike was taken about an hour after last week’s session. THE START OF GREAT THINGS TO COME! Listen to Max! We are so proud of him!

Danni & Fran’s are trying to find someone who can help with his vision and are waiting to see a specialist about this.

Max is very much into his grooming now. He loves to brush his hair and then you must tell him how smart he looks. His education assistant Jessica (who he totally adores) has taught him to write his name. It's a bit messy but considering he was right handed and is now using his left hand it is pretty good!

Max celebrated his 5th birthday in January with a bear themed party with his family and friends.

Max is tired of the snow now as it is interfering with his soccer and bike riding. Zach on the other hand likes it cause they take their sleds to school and sled up and down the fields at recess.

Donations are still be raised to assist Max to continue his recovery with the focus being on his verbal skills and vision at present. To assist the du Preez family with Max’s recovery please continue to SHARE his story and GoFundMe page ( www.gofundme.com/maxdupreez)
Max after his Vitalstim therapy
Max enjoying the outdoors
Max enjoying a treat
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Update 19
Posted by Claire Alexander
6 months ago
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Back in late September the du Preez’s traveled to USA for stem-cell treatment for Max. Back then when Danni first wrote about this she said the results should start to be noticeable 3 weeks after the initial treatment and that she prayed for speech. TODAY, her prayers and those of everyone following Max’s journey were answered with Max saying ‘Mom’ for the first time since 2 April – 3 weeks and 3 days after his treatment!

Since receiving the recent stem-cell treatment, Max has also shown a keen interest in the toilet that mirrors his potty training before his injury. He is still able to suck and he can stick out his tongue which he couldn't do before the treatment and he is hardly drooling anymore!

Frans, Danni and the boys have settled into their new 'normal ' work for us, school/daycare for the boys, shuffling therapy and appoints etc. Max loves his daycare and his assistant Jessica and Danni is enjoying being back at work. The weather is really cooling down here and with that comes the sniffles. Frans & Danni need to do their best to make sure Max doesn't have to end up on antibiotics as apparently that is no good if you have had Stemcell treatment. Max is also having to stay off sugar which Danni says is SO difficult as he is a sugar addict and has no problem asking for an ice cream for breakfast!

With the past 10 days being wet, Danni hasn’t had a chance to send through a photo of Max showing off his new skills in riding his balance bike.

Once again, thank you for the invaluable part so many people have made towards Max’s ongoing recovery through prayer, support, donations and love for the du Preez. The donations raised for Max’s recovery made the steamcell treatment a reality and will give Max the best chance to fully recover and for that we are truly grateful. It would be an understatement to say that Frans and Danni are over the moon with Max starting to speak again.

Donations for Max’s ongoing therapy are still being accepted through the GoFundMe page – www.gofundme.com/maxdupreez

Please feel free to pass on this email to those who have supported Max's recovery X

Max saying Mom for the first time
Max in USA
Max & Dad in USA
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Tanya Grimbeek
11 months ago
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There is a huge group of South Africans is Vancouver. Please let us know if we can help in any other way too.

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Cindy Van Eeden
12 months ago
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Volksrust SA is praying for you MAX!

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Zeenat Saloojee
12 months ago
1
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Speedy recovery little Max!

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De Lange ET Etienne
12 months ago
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I have no money myself, but I will share this to my pastor's prayer page & I will pray... I will share this to other groups so that people can donate & share it too & also pray... God is able

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Christine Viljoen
10 months ago

The Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is fantastic! I'm so glad they are doing it. I believe you will see great results. All the best Max and family.

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$21,962 of $100k goal

Raised by 252 people in 12 months
Created April 17, 2016
NH
$50
Norma & Mitchell Hodge
5 months ago
JN
$20
Jade Nguyen
7 months ago
SS
$50
Saul Scammell
8 months ago
$30
Anonymous
8 months ago
$20
Sharon Tron
8 months ago
1
1
KB
$20
Kylie Brien
9 months ago

Every little bit counts, good luck with Max's recovery

SS
$30
Sarah Stuckey
9 months ago
CM
$75
Cathie Masters
9 months ago

Keep on winning your fight to get better and better little Max

$40
Anonymous
9 months ago
$1,000
Lorna & Peter Du Preez
9 months ago
2
2

You are always in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you lots of love xx

Tanya Grimbeek
11 months ago
3
3

There is a huge group of South Africans is Vancouver. Please let us know if we can help in any other way too.

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Cindy Van Eeden
12 months ago
2
2

Volksrust SA is praying for you MAX!

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Zeenat Saloojee
12 months ago
1
1

Speedy recovery little Max!

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De Lange ET Etienne
12 months ago
1
1

I have no money myself, but I will share this to my pastor's prayer page & I will pray... I will share this to other groups so that people can donate & share it too & also pray... God is able

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Christine Viljoen
10 months ago

The Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is fantastic! I'm so glad they are doing it. I believe you will see great results. All the best Max and family.

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