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Imagine being told that your child has less than a percent's chance of survival due to an immune system disorder. That was the case with Max, who, in 2014, was put into a medically-induced coma for five weeks. Thanks to his medical team and a rigourous treatment plan, however, Max survived, and went on to have a bone marrow transplant for his critical illness in 2015.
It goes without question that nine-year-old Max has endured a lot in his lifetime — that's why Make-A-Wish wanted to do something very memorable for this special young boy. The volunteer wish granters working with Max learned that he loves SpongeBob and Batman, and that he enjoys playing with Lego and video games. They also found out that Max spends a lot of time on his own because his illness makes it difficult for him to physically interact with other children.
Max wished for a space to call his own — a room where could play, dream and bring his imagination to life, and also have playdates with friends, from time to time.
The wish granters got to work and not only granted Max's wish, but went above and beyond to give him a space of his own that he would truly cherish. They included a lot of his favourite things, like Lego and video games, and also hid special treats all over the room in boxes and on shelves.
When Max's wish came true it had a ripple effect, which left a positive impact on the entire family. During this experience, "the family was all together," his siblings said, while his mother added, "it's the reason we keep going every day."