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September 17, 2009

                                                       (photo via laura lynne photography)

Here, ladies and gentlemen, is my Max story in the Auburn Journal .

As it is my first story in the Auburn Journal, it was cause for celebration in our house. No moment made me more proud than hearing Grandpa read it out loud down the hall. But without further ado, the Max story...

Special thanks to all the people in Foresthill who gave me so much information and were so kind in calling me back and chatting with me about the Herlehy family! You all are fantastic!

Town shows big heart for small boy:

High school football players strive to help ‘little brother’
To the Foresthill Wildfires high school football team, 7-year-old Maxwell Herlehy is more than just a water boy — he’s family.
“He’s like a little brother to all the football players,” said Jim Anderson, a 2007 graduate who played linebacker and running back. “Last season, one of our players got hurt, and Max was running around grabbing the medical tape and making sure everything was OK.”
The Foresthill community claimed Max’s family for their own after experiencing the dedication his father, Jim Herlehy, gave to his players when he stepped up to coach the high school’s first-ever football team in 2004. Max had been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 2, and when he relapsed at age 5, his town stepped up to take care of its own.
“Anybody who’s met (the Herlehys) just dropped anything they were doing to help,” Anderson said. “When you hear of something happening to, especially Jim, who’s like a small-town celebrity, we all wanted to help.”
Help came in the form of an “I Love Max” day that raised funds towards the family’s medical expenses.
When Max relapsed again this April, his doctors decided it was time for more than chemotherapy, and Herlehy’s players and their families were there again to help.
While Max lay in the University of California San Francisco Children’s Hospital enduring radiation, chemotherapy, then a stem-cell transplant and finally four weeks of recovery, his team back home was busy figuring out how to carry their water boy to victory.
Kelly Furness, head of the “I love Max” planning committee, said she became involved because of the way Jim Herlehy impacted her sons’ lives.

(read the rest here.)

(photo via Bridget's Photos)