KILLEEN (March 11, 2013)--“Jedi Max” was thought to be in remission of Glioblastoma Multiforme, a type of brain cancer, however new MRIs taken last week show a different diagnosis.
The community is rallying together to provide support for eight-year-old Max Simmons, of Killeen, who was first diagnosed last year, thought to be in remission and found last week with new tumors in his brain and spine.
His parents, Jay and Scott, are taking time off to homeschool Max and his younger sister Katie.
Scott has been serving in the Army as a medic with recent tours to Iraq, but now the family has a different mission.
“When asked where Max would want to go if he could go anywhere in the world, he said the Eiffel Tower. We would love to get Max to the Eiffel Tower,” a family friend said.
Within three days, more than $7,000 was raised to help them make it a reality.
From tee shirts to car decals, family, friends and supporters from around the nation are raising money to help cover the expenses of the trip as well as the continued medical expenses.
So far $8,617 has been raised for their trip since last week's doctor visit, according to the fundraising website GiveForward.
Community members that want to follow Max’s journey can do so on his Facebook page.