Max S. has always reached out to others in need. “That’s just
the way he is,” said his mother, Laura. “He always wants to
help. Every time we walk by a group or organization collecting donations,
he contributes his own money.”
So when Max saw a television program about people who were dying from cancer,
he naturally wanted to do something to help. “I asked my mom if
there was anything we could do and she said we could make bracelets to
sell out of pink rubber bands,” said Max. “I thought that
wasn’t a bad idea and started making them right away.”
Max first sold his bracelets to his family members. His mother took orders
at her work, and his grandmother started selling them to her friends.
Max’s brother, Oliver, and his cousin, Will C., joined the effort.
“Orders started backing up, so we called in help,” explained Laura.
In all, the family raised over $450 for breast cancer patients at Good
Samaritan Hospital. The donation helped the hospital to purchase medications
and new equipment such as the new 3-D mammography machine in the Breast
“Max is an amazingly compassionate young man,” said Jennifer
Pacheco, director of the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. “Max
exemplifies a philanthropic spirit of selflessness. He single-handedly
raised over $600 that will be used to help patients to receive life-saving
treatments. Max helps us save lives!”
Determined to help as much as he can, Max continues to sell bracelets and
raise money for the hospital. “We usually sell them for $2, but
some people have donated $20 to $30 for a bracelet,” he said.
But Max is thinking about branching out. He’s considering crafting
necklaces or selling pink lemonade. As far as future plans, he has set
his sights high: President of the United States. He has some sage advice
for other kids who want to make a difference in the community: “Start
small and it will bloom and then you will be great at it.”
Always humble, Max is thankful to those who have helped him in his efforts
to raise money and brushes off any praise by simply stating, “It
was nothing.” But to us at Good Samaritan Hospital and the patients
you are helping, your kindness is