Mile 4 Max

On August 11th, 2008 Maximus Xavier Nady was born and instantly the world became a better place...

After a difficult and traumatic labor Max was born weighing only 2 pounds 9 ounces. Max was taken to the NICU where he remained for two months. Max's family sat by his side 24 hours a day seven days week. His father a local high school football coach would race to his incubator after every game and stay up all night speaking to Max through the side of his incubator recounting every play of the game. On September 20th 2008 Max was diagnosed with brain damage due to a hypoxic event during labor. As a result of this brain damage Max was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy which is a diagnosis given to 1 out of every 1000 babies. Max's family has said, "That statistic gives us joy for the 999 other families that Max allowed to escape this diagnosis."

Since the first day of the diagnosis Max's family has sought the most progressive and most aggressive therapy available in a quest to give Max the best chance of conquering this condition. Many of the most effective therapies for children with CP are NOT covered by insurance because they fall under the "experimental" umbrella. But, many in the CP community will attest to the profound impact many of these therapies have on young children. To illustrate this point, last fall Max was given 40 "dives" in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber (2x a day for 20 days). The effect on Max was "dramatic!" Max's father said. This therapy cost the family $6000 and is NOT covered by insurance. This is just one of MANY of the therapies that can dramatically change Max's life but are often times cost prohibitive because they fall under the "experimental" umbrella. But, many in the CP community will attest to the profound impact many of these therapies have on young children. To illustrate this point, last fall Max was given 40 "dives" in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber (2x a day for 20 days). The effect on Max was "dramatic!" Max's father said.

Max's diagnosis of cerebral palsy came with a silver lining and that is the fact that to this point it appears that he is mentally unaffected. Max has a wonderfully positive personality as evidenced by the ear to ear smile he goes to bed with and wakes up with. Max's father said these words, "I know that Max is only one of thousands of kids who battles CP but he is MY kid and this is OUR battle and if there is a therapy out there that has a 1% chance of helping improve his life 1%, then I am ALL IN!"

Max's long term prognosis is still somewhat uncertain but with the help provided to him from MILE4MAX.com he will do wonderful things! Thank you for your support and for your time.