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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.

Read more of Max's incredible fight.

For 2013, we partnered with our Arizona friends The Ronan Thompson Foundation and Grand Canyon University to bring the Run to Fight Children's Cancer to San Diego!

Since its inception in 2011, the Run to Fight Children's Cancer has raised $174,000 through three events in Arizona with over 5,000 participants. Proceeds from the race directly benefit nonprofit organizations that help children and families dealing with cancer. With the goal to expand and make this race available in more states, Grand Canyon University brought the run to California.

The name Ronan may sound familiar to you, as he was the inspiration for the Taylor Swift song of the same name that the singer/songwriter performed at 2012's Stand Up To Cancer benefit, which also went on to become a #1 single on iTunes. Co-written by Ronan's mom Maya Thompson, a fierce and fiery advocate for children's cancer funding, you can read a NY TImes article about Ronan, Maya, and Taylor here.