It's a story that has touched the heart of an Upper St. Clair mother, and tens of thousands of people across the United States.
Max Low is a 12-year-old sixth-grader in Iowa who has been in and out of the hospital for most of his life. "Mighty" Max, as he is affectionately called, was diagnosed with leukemia at age six.
A few years after his parents found out the diagnosis, a family friend had the idea to try to get one million get well cards for Max to raise his spirits. Just this year, the campaign has taken off. Friends and strangers are sharing his wish on Facebook. As of March 20, he had received nearly 20,000 cards full of well wishes and prayers.
Deana Cotrill found out about the card campaign, and wanted to help Max reach his goal. She asked the teachers of her son's preschool class at Westminster Presbyterian Church, if she could have each of the children sign a get well card for Max.
"I think it's just nice that even though they don't know Max, they are helping make him feel a little better," Cotrill said.
The teachers of class comprised of three-year-olds, thought it would be a wonderful project to do. They said the children were familiar with the idea of sending a get well card because they had just made one for their classmate, Logan Stafford, the week before. Stafford had to get his tonsils out.
"They understand when somebody is sick they need to do something to make them feel better," preschool teacher Jennifer Pitzer said. "It's great seeing them show their compassion for other children."
Cotrill said she was so pleased with the teachers' and parents' enthusiasm for the project. Parents wanted to share Max's story with other groups in the community.
"That's what makes me feel so good about it, that everyone has been so receptive," Cotrill said.
You can join the drive to help "Mighty" Max reach his one million goal by sending a get well card to the following address:
Mighty Max Low
C/O Greg and Bambi Low
PO Box 111
Neola, IA 51559
Editor's Note: We received a Facebook response to the story on Monday night. Max received a bone marrow transplant on April 14. Doctors said the next six to eight weeks are crucial and his family hopes he keeps eating and avoids having a feeding tube. His family and friends thank you for your compassion, well wishes and prayers. And they ask you keep Max in your prayers.