A grapefruit-sized brain tumor at 3. An all-star in the making at 15.
When Max was three, he had a brain tumor the size of a grape fruit that was diagnosed as ependymoma. The location of the tumor put him at high risk for complications after surgery for brain damage, loss of coordination and lack of speech. U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital was the first in the state to have the 3-D computer technology that navigates a surgeon through the intricate parts of a person's brain. Without this advanced 3-D surgery, they wouldn't have been able to remove Max's tumor.
Learn more about the U-M Brain Cancer Program.