Hashtag Clothing & More, Inc. in Hillsville has announced its newest challenge on behalf of four-year old Max Brown. The firm is challenging every business in the Carroll County area to donate at least 50 percent of their profits for one day in March to the “Mighty Max” Go Fund Me Page.
According to information supplied by Hashtag Cloathing Spokesperson Lisa Choate, Brown was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Jan. 17. In addition to battling cancer, he is also fighting a fungal infection in his lungs which at one time caused a pause in his chemotherapy.
Choate indicated while Max’s family is strong, they need support and noted the community has always come together in times of tragedy or need to help families. Donations will be used to help pay for the child’s medical expenses. Choate’s own brush with a similar situation and ties to the family bolstered her invitation.
She said she became acquainted with the family when she was a co-worker at Wytheville Community College with Max’s uncle, Steve Burnette.
“We are always doing fundraisers here (at the store),” said Choate. “I really wanted to do something to help his nephew and the family.”
She said she had a similar experience with her daughter, Taylor Haynes. Choate explained Haynes spent six-months at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center following open heart surgery. She later had to return to the hospital for a “port” to be installed in her heart which allowed high doses of antibiotics to be administered for a period of 13 weeks.
Choate said it seemed like the family was living at the hospital full time during this and vividly remembers almost losing Haynes twice as the Browns cover emotional ground all too familar to her.
“I’ve been there and I know how scary it is,” Choate said. “The (medical) bills just mount up. It’s a life changer. I still deal with it today.”
She said she plans to hold “Mighty Max Day” at Hashtag Clothing & More on March 12. All donations may be deposited to the Grayson National Bank/Galax “Max Brown” benefit account or the GoFundMe page is http://www.gofundme.com/n2jv8ckc. Persons may visit https://www.facebook.com/MightyMaxBrown/?fref=ts to keep up with Max’s progress as it is posted by the family.
Posts at the time this article was written indicated Max’s regular sleep patterns have suffered following treatment and he was not able to completely walk on his own. Family members are massaging his legs, to keep the nerve endings awake in his feet following chemo. The youth is slated for a lumbar puncture and another dose of the vincristine chemotherapy through his portacath. The update indicates as long as his blood work looks good, the four-year old won’t have to remain for inpatient treatment.
People obtain more information on the challenge by calling 276-728-9528. Hashtag Clothing & More is located at 1228 West Stuart Drive in Hillsville.
The Carroll Wellness Center in Hillsville is also hosting a Mighty Max Zumbathon on March 7 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event will be by donation only and will help offset Max’s medical costs. Come dressed as your favorite superhero and bring a neon green or Mighty Max t-shirt to wear during the Zumbathon if you would like. There will be all kinds of prizes, silent auction, photo booth and six instructors. Book your slot early by contacting a CWC staff member. Please contact Gretchen Lawson (276-728-6959) or Carrie Phipps at the Carroll Wellness Center for more information.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.