A Dangerous Situation

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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It was 2013. The parents of one-year-old Max notice his left eye has a strange glow.

At first, doctors believe it’s a cataract, but a more detailed exam shows it’s a tumor.

They travel cross country for treatment to save their son… 

Only to find out... 

There's a tumor in his right eye too!

Doctors remove Max’s left eye.

In place of the eye, Max now has a prosthesis. But the cancer continues… 

Max's right eye is getting worse… 

The doctors give him chemo…

BUT THE SITUATION IS STILL DANGEROUS

The discussion in Russia turns to removing his other eye too.

His parents now focus all of their efforts...

To save Max’s right eye.

 They urgently search for help.

 Considered one of the best in the world for treating Max’s condition...

 A New York cancer center has a unique approach that... 

 Kills the cancer cells AND saves the child’s eye.

 In 2014, supported by RACF, Max’s father brings his little boy to New York. 

 Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center... 

 Save Max’s right eye. 

If not for them, Max would be blind.

 Today, Max is the same boy he was before the cancer...

 ...cheerful, mischievous, active. 

 He talks a lot. He’s interested in everything. And he makes his parents happy!