Max's Ring of Fire supports the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium or NMTRC.
The Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium (NMTRC) is a group of 18 universities and children’s hospitals headquartered at the Helen Devos Children’s Hospital that offer a nationwide 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.
Max's Ring of Fire 3rd Annual Touch-A-Truck, raised over $45,000 for neuroblastoma research and clinical trials. Held at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, CA on June 4, 2011, over 4,600 attendees got a chance to get behind the wheel and rub elbows with their hometown heroes. Kids of all ages climbed on and explored dozens of their favorite vehicles including big rigs, fire engines, police cars and construction trucks.
Max's Ring of Fire is a childhood cancer foundation focused on helping discover breakthrough therapies for kid's fighting aggressive cancers such as neuroblastoma. As a not-for-profit corporation duly incorporated under the laws of the State of California, and a 501(c)3 public charity, your donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.