Max is an angel

Monday, September 1st, 2008 by Deb Schwedhelm

Max passed away at 8:44pm PDT on Sunday, August 31, 2008. These two video snippets were taken Sunday morning. Who knew that Max would die later that day?


16 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    my tears won’t stop…. prayers going out to your beautiful angel Max, and the rest of the Mikulak family. He was an inspiration to so many more than you can possible be aware of.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Is it possible to love someone that you have never met? My heart is teeling me YES. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have to echo the last comment. How can I hurt so much for someone I did not know? My heart is crying. All of my thoughts are with you, Mikulak family and friends. Your strength is an inspiration and I will keep that lesson with me.

  4. Heather says:

    Oh this is such sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with the Mikulak family – there are no words that can ease your pain, but I hope you take comfort in knowing that Max’s story has touched so many. Thank you for sharing him with us.

    Thank you, Deb, for introducing me to beautiful Max.

  5. Lin Snow says:

    This note made my blood turn cold after being away from my internet connection for a week. I read the message many times before it sunk in.

    Thank you Deb for your beautiful photography of this awesome young man. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

  6. Jill Foltz says:

    I am heart broken.

  7. jandkland says:

    Hello, Deb. A cancer mom who’s mourning her own little angel sent me the link to your site a couple of weeks ago. After looking at all your breathtaking photos and reading your words, I have poured over the posts on Max’s cancer site and left a comment for his family. Reading this post today, I’m terribly saddened by the news that Max passed, and seeing these sweet videos makes my heart ache for their family. There’s no doubt in my mind that Max is free and healthy and more alive now than we could ever imagine, but that doesn’t take away the pain his loved ones feel or remove the fact that they want him back desperately. Thank you for showing the world what a true hero is.

    –Kelley in Georgia

  8. Anna says:

    Oh gosh. My heart goes out to the family of this brave boy.

  9. An angel indeed. My true and heartfelt sorrow to Max’s family and those affected by him.
    Not only is Max an angel and hero, but he is also a teacher. I have learned so much from him. Thanks Deb and the Mikulak family for sharing his story.

  10. Anonymous says:


    My son is also battling neuroblastoma and please know how much your photos mean to all families in this situation. For other people to have increased understanding or a glimpse into our world is a gift in itself. I and all the other families like Max’s thank you very much. I think your purpose was to help spread awareness of the horrors of childhood cancer and Max and Sam came into your life for that reason. You have a great gift for nor only photography but for words and many many families appreciate your beautiful tribute to this family.

  11. Sara Moon says:

    I am speechless and saddened and just want to say I am thinking of your family and cannot believe the way the world works sometimes.
    Peace to you, and finally, for Max.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I was at the tennis court when my young friend Luke came up to me and simply said, “Max died.” My heart dropped.
    Luke and I talked about Max and how special a person he is.
    From the moment I met Max on Father’s Day this year, I was a big fan of his.
    I will miss him and the great way he had about him.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. God Bless You all and I am so, so sorry for your loss.

  13. Windy says:

    I am a friend of Amber Hathaway whose daughter Maya is battling Neuroblastoma. Maya was friends with Max. I have been reading Mashed Potatoes for Breakfast for several months but have never commented. Thank you for all you have done to raise awareness for this horrible disease.

  14. Amy B. says:

    I am a fellow photographer friend of Deb’s and have been following Max’s story. I am so touched by what she has done and by your adorable little boy. I am sorry for your loss in this difficult time. He has changed many people’s view of life forever.

  15. Anonymous says:

    My tears won’t stop and my heart is heavy. My prayers are with Max and his Family. I am so saddened by his loss. My prayers are with Max and his family.

  16. Anonymous says:

    God bless you.