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Max's Ring of Fire supports the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium or NMTRC, a group of 24 universities and children’s hospitals headquartered at the Helen Devos Children’s Hospital, that offer a internation network of childhood cancer clinical trials. These trials are based on the research from a group of closely collaborating investigators who are linked with laboratory programs developing novel therapies for high-risk neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma.

Their mission is to create a national collaborative effort of researchers, oncologists and family advocates to bring forward new therapies for children with relapsed neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma with the goal of improving the quality of life and survival of children with neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma.


We need your DONATIONS to help us give researchers and doctors the tools they need. 100% of every donated dollar is guaranteed to fund meaningful neuroblastoma research and clinical trials NOW!

An ongoing inspiration for many people, Max was born on June 30, 2001. He was diagnosed with stage IV, high-risk neuroblastoma in October 2004. He whizzed through frontline treatment and by the following summer was effectively on the road back to a "normal" life - albeit with almost total hearing loss, a new immune system, and about 10lbs to gain back, all courtesy of Mr. Chemo.

Unfortunately, Max relapsed (as most high-risk NB patients do) in November 2006. Max fought bravely, entering a clinical trial in Vermont where he received nifurtimox in combination with other chemo agents. This combination diminished the disease until there was just one tiny spot still evident on his spine. But in February 2008 the beast came roaring back and we could never control it again, despite everything we tried. Max passed away on August 31, 2008 at 8:45pm in his mommy and daddy's bed.

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Max's Ring of Fire in the Media


Patient Voices: Childhood Cancer

Cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death among children ages 15 and younger. Approximately 10,000 new cases are diagnosed every year, more than half of them leukemia or cancers of the central nervous system.

Max's Ring of Fire Presents 3rd Annual Touch-A-Truck June 4, 2011

San Diego, CA – March 15, 2011-  Max's Ring of Fire is gearing up to bring back its annual Touch-A-Truck fundraiser, from 10AM – 3PM on June 4, 2011 at Torrey Pines High School. As always, 100% of the money raised goes directly to support cutting-edge research and clinical trials for childhood cancer.

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Nurses and doctors lace up to support Max’s Ring of Fire at the 1st Annual Max Run

Amy Crisman, oncology nurse at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, has a heart of gold. She’s been working in the children’s cancer unit for 23 years, has seen miraculous recoveries, and experienced the loss of too many children to childhood cancer. Crisman frequently participates in fundraisers that benefit children with cancer, and helps wherever she can. She has been a strong support to Melissa Mikulak of Carmel Valley whose son, Max Mikulak, lost his battle to cancer at age 7. When Melissa Mikulak asked Crisman if she could hang a few fliers at the hospital for an upcoming kids’ cancer fundraiser, she naturally said yes.

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The Neuroblastoma Alliance Contributes Over $350,000 to Benefit Pediatric Cancer Research and Clinical Trials in the First Half of 2010

The parents of children battling a very deadly pediatric cancer, or who have lost a child to this disease, have united to help fund the efforts to try and save kids battling relapsed neuroblastoma. This spirit of collaboration mirrors the doctors who are collaborating for a cure as part of the NMTRC consortium.

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Touch a Truck event a fun way for families to raise money to help fight pediatric cancer

Kids and their parents can revel in the sights, sounds and feel of a fun assortment of vehicles at a cancer fundraiser called Touch a Truck, planned at Torrey Pines High School next month.

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Online auction launched for Mikulak nonprofit 

The Max's Ring of Fire organization is hosting Max's Holiday Garage Sale, an online auction fundraiser through the eBay Giving Works program.

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Vermont Cancer Center Innovations Newsletter - Summer 2009


Touch A Truck Raises Funds for Max's Ring of Fire


Dr. Giselle Sholler and her patients talk about Nifurtimox

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW. Dr. Giselle Sholler and her patients talk about Nifurtimox, a new treatment for neuroblastoma patients at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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Max Mikulak’s father backs new alliance of pediatric doctors, researchers dedicated to finding cure for fatal disease.

A Carmel Valley father who lost his son to relapsed neuroblastoma last year is championing a group of doctors dedicated to finding a cure for the fatal disease.

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