Max grew up like any other energetic boy, loving sports (football, baseball, basketball and swim), a fan of Formula 1, an enthusiastic YouTuber and a budding stock trader.
Max began having progressively worsening headaches starting at 10 years of age; the headaches eventually got so severe that they caused him to collapse, sending us to the ER. Once at the ER, Max had a CT scan performed confirming that there was a mass in his head. After Max’s craniotomy to remove the mass, the diagnosis of GBM (an aggressive form of brain cancer) was confirmed. Max then went on to receive multiple rounds of Proton Radiation, chemotherapy and targeted therapy to try to keep his cancer at bay. About 13 months after diagnosis it was confirmed that the cancer had spread, he underwent additional targeted therapy, photon radiation to try to control the spread. Unfortunately due to the spread of the cancer, Max has lost function in the left side of his body (face, arm, hand and leg) and undergoes PT and OT to try to mitigate any loss of function.
Max continued to display his fighting spirit until the end. He passed away on January 11, 2023.
Date of Diagnosis:
Age at Diagnosis:
10 years old
Type of Brain Cancer:
Summary of Treatment:
- targeted therapy
At Fall Ball, we honored 12-year-old Max Pound as the 2022 Jack Preston Purssord Courage Award recipient. Throughout Max’s battle with Glioblastoma (GBM), he embodied strength, courage, and optimism.