I have to put it right out there. I have a vision for critically needed change. We need a hospital food revolution. We need a teaching kitchen in every single children’s hospital. We need to take food as medicine seriously. We need to gather as medical teams, families and communities, focused on whole foods, real connections, and the low-hanging fruit of essential wellness. Our SuperKids should be treated like athletes. Their bodies fortified for the fight, mitigating lifelong health risks associated with treatment toxicities. Our treatment protocols must be comprehensive, integrative, whole-kid oriented, focused on body, mind, spirit, heart and community and, as we do this, we will see not just our SuperKids thrive, but our medical teams, families and communities as well. This is evidenced-based low cost community *health* *care* inspired by kids battling critical illness and benefiting all involved. A profound disruption. I have this dream, so we may all thrive against the odds.
How did I get here? My son Max and I founded MaxLove Project in late 2011, just a few months after he was diagnosed with brain cancer, to help families facing childhood cancers and critical pediatric illnesses with fierce foods, whole-body wellness, integrative medicine, and essential research. We focus heavily on evidence-based nutrition.
I am an avid home cook. I was trained in culinary arts right out of high school, worked in “the business” on the hot line of quite a few high-end restaurants. I was young and didn’t know much about food. When Max was diagnosed at just 4-years of age I knew we could do more with food. I knew we could do better. I’ve found deep empowerment from feeding Max nourishing and cancer-fighting foods. I also knew that we had to share the enormous amounts of research we had done and progress we had made with others on this overwhelming and infinitely challenging journey.
I am a mom who had limited options and limited solutions as I faced unimaginable challenges when Max was diagnosed with brain cancer. In seeking options, resources and wellness strategies I knew that these options needed to be extended to families universally, and so the nonprofit was born.
I personally believe in the deep power of leaning into imperfection. Brene Brown saved me on so many levels. A friend introduced me to her TED talks about six-months before Max was diagnosed and I had no idea how much I would need to dig into her work and liberate myself from the trappings of parent perfection especially. Letting go allowed me to dive in, experiment, fail, pick myself back up and try again without picking myself apart. It’s been a liberating gift of this cancer journey, something that’s allowed our family to work to thrive in the face of the devastation that comes with hearing the words “your child has cancer.”
This blog does not necessarily represent MaxLove Project but rather the expressions of MaxLoveMomma.