ROSLIN, Long Island (WABC) — It was the Fourth of July weekend in 2020 – Max Levin was only eight years old at the time, but that’s when he learned of his mother’s breast cancer – indelible.
“Yes, it is deep down, and I’m pretty sure it will be for the rest of my life,” Levine said.
It was during the pandemic, and Levin couldn’t see his mother, Hillary, as she underwent a bilateral mastectomy.
“I didn’t know where she was or what she was doing, and that made me very upset and I didn’t like it at all,” Levine said.
However, Levin knew he would find a way to help. It all started with one of his favorite sports – lacrosse – and his teammates.
“Sending out a quick email to say, ‘Would you like to purchase one of these decals for your helmet?'” Levin said.
It was October 1, 2021 — and his teammates certainly stepped up.
“By the time I woke up on October 2, we were already at $500, and I was in shock because I couldn’t believe it,” Levin said.
Last year he raised two thousand dollars on decals, but he didn’t stop there. On his other favorite sport this year – tennis – and racket vibration dampers, he sold – made another three thousand. This check was just given to his mother’s surgeon at Northwell Health for their Patient Navigation Program. Something that Levin specifically hoped to finance.
Levin’s grandmother had also recently suffered from breast cancer – so his mother Hilary, who was only 38 at the time, knew the struggle all too well.
“I wanted to be a good role model – life can be hard. Life happens,” his mom said.
However, Levine is the kid who owned this fight – turning it into something good.
“He created a Google Sheet — and every time someone sends in a donation, he sends them a thank you,” Levine said.
With a smile that can light up a room, the fifth-grader is already planning next year’s fundraiser.
“Hopefully we can try to get to four thousand, however, if we get past three thousand five hundred,” Levine said.
Levin was back on that same drive – scoring – because his mom got better… and he was there to make the assist.
To donate to Max’s next breast cancer fundraiser, you can message @Maxout_for_pink on Instagram or Venmo @Maxoutforpink
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