Max's Foundation News 2017


Max's Foundation funds much needed cancer research equipment

Max's Foundation joins the fight

On July 5, 2017 Max’s Foundation presented a check to Dr. Sanford M. Simon, head of the Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics at Rockefeller University in New York City. Dr. Simon spent almost two hours of his valuable time bringing us up-to-date on his lab’s Fibrolamellar research. He and Dr. Gadi Lalazar, one of his colleagues and a fellow Fibrolamellar researcher, took us on a tour of the lab where all of the research is conducted. Although much work has been done over the last several years, a lot more remains to be done before a cure for Fibrolamellar can be found.

With the donation made by Max’s Foundation, Dr. Simon should be able to purchase a much-needed SterilGARDII biosafety cabinet. Max’s Foundation, with your generous support, hopes to be able to provide Dr. Simon with more funding for lab equipment so that he and his team can continue their groundbreaking work in the fight against Fibrolamellar.


Yamaha makes a generous donation to Max's Foundation

Sugar & Cloth Fibrolamellar Donor

We were touched when Yamaha contacted us to say they were making a very generous donation to the Max Burdette Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation. Perhaps they noticed us because Max, as a Yamaha V-Star owner and an accomplished pianist and musician, was a devotee of both of Yamaha's original product lines, or perhaps it was something else. In any event we are ever so grateful to the people of Yamaha. Or, ヤマハの皆さん、ありがとう / Yamaha no minasan, arigatō gozaimashita - June 26, 2017 / Heisei 29


Sugar & Cloth's Give Back Party with Kendra Scott

Sugar & Cloth Fibrolamellar Donor

Sugar & Cloth hosted an event in Houston on May 23rd at Kendra Scott City Center, as well as taking pre-orders online so that 20% of ALL purchases can be donated to my cousin Max's memorial charity after his passing from liver cancer at age 17.

I also got to work with them to design two "Max" pieces, a ring and a bracelet, both of which incorporate green since that's the color of the liver cancer awareness ribbon.

Though 20% of any purchase at the event or from the pre-order list online will be donated, every "Max" item that's purchased there will be an additional Kendra Scott piece donated to give to the pediatric patients fighting the fight at St. Jude.

There will be sips by Deep Eddy vodka, sweets by Okie Doughkie, savory bites, a lip color bar by Sephora, and plenty of goodies to shop for at Kendra Scott.


Rhodes Soccer Match for Max

fibrolamellar liver cancer benefit

MEMPHIS - The 3rd Annual Max Burdette Memorial Match will take place Saturday, April 8th at 2:00pm when the Rhodes Men's Soccer team hosts the Rhodes Alumni in a spring contest.

The team will also hold a picnic lunch for team members, parents and alumni immediately after the match.

Rhodes Soccer started the "Match for Max" in the spring of 2015 after 17-year-old Max Burdette, younger brother of Rhodes team member Paul Burdette, was taken from us after a battle with Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer seen primarily in teens and young adults.

The match allows us to remember Max and to support the fight against Fibrolamellar cancer. With only 200 diagnoses worldwide each year, Fibrolamellar has limited research and funding. The Max Burdette Fibrolamellar Cancer Research Foundation has been set up to help these young fibrofighters by raising funds and awareness of the disease. The Max Burdette Foundation also aims to establish a Fibrolamellar research clinic at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"Match for Max" t-shirts will be on sale at lunchtime in the Rat during the week preceding the event and at the game. All proceeds from the t-shirts will benefit Max's foundation.