Maximus’s Story on Youtube

Maximus is our beloved 2-year-old boy who lives at home with mum, dad and his 5-year-old brother Jacob.

Up until 9 months of age, Maximus was a happy, healthy boy.  One day an eye tumour appeared, followed by several skin lesions.

By 18 months of age,   Maxi had developed multiple brain lesions, high blood pressure, instability with his gross motor function and sudden, unexplained weight gain.

The past 17 months have been a struggle for Maximus, with seven general anaesthetics, several hospital stays, as well as specialist and hospital visits each week.  Yet there is still no definitive diagnosis.

We have created this site with the hope that someone will see this story and know something that we don’t.

We want to know; What’s wrong with Maxi?

We all know how dangerous Google doctoring can be, but I have read of cases where parents have discovered a diagnosis themselves by doing research and observing their child.  This is because a parent has 24 hours a day to obsess and research a prognosis, whereas a specialist can only devote small amounts of time to one patient.  So we thought the more people who see this story, the better chance Maximus has of coming closer to a diagnosis.


We also feel it’s important to share some of our struggles and joys with others as this may inspire, help or somehow make a difference for other parents going through similar situations.

Even though we live in Australia, we need to access the rest of the world to help us.  We have tremendous resources in Australia, but sadly it’s never enough when your child remains undiagnosed and there is no apparent cure for what is a degenerative condition.

For more detail on Maxi’s journey so far please click on Maximus’s Story tab above.

For details on how you can help, click on How You Can Help? tab above.

For  recent media interviews and articles click on Media tab above.

Please Follow, Like, Share, Subscribe… this is War – against the unknown, we need an army of strength to fight it….. we want to win.

Thank you!


One year since launching this website!











It has been one year since we launched this website and so many great things have happened since we decided to go public in our plea to find a diagnosis and cure for our son. Hopefully our story and challenges have helped other families in similar situations.

Sadly; we do not yet have a diagnosis, but thankfully Maximus was accepted for evaluation at the National Institute of Health’s Undiagnosed Disease Program in USA.  A dream come true for us.  We’re heading there next month.

This trip would not be possible without the amazing help and support of friends and family, social media networks and organisations like the Shane Warne Foundation, The Melbourne Jewish Charitable Fund, Syndromes Without A Name Australia, The Wilhelm Foundation and many more.














A wonderful local business where I have been a long term client, have generously offered to raise money for Maxi’s trip, by donating the sales of their organic products for the whole month of April.  Thank you Masci Hair and Spa and thank you everyone for sharing our story and supporting our efforts to help our Maxi.  This is a journey we are not on alone.


One boy, one world, one fight, one life.

So, we know there’s more than one,

We know the cure is; none,

We know the answers will come

But maybe too late for some.

We know it’s a road for many,

We know it’s a devastating journey,

We know it’s not that far away,

We know it’s your neighbour, your friend, your Aunt May.

But we don’t know what is wrong,

We fight to stay strong,

We don’t know what to do,

The clock is ticking too.

We don’t know who can fix this,

We don’t know what might be,

We lost something the day we learnt this fate was meant to be.

Our dreams torn away, in a matter of one day.

But our love only grew stronger and more meaningful and sound

We play, we love, we live, we party and rarely let it get us down.

We have taken this in our stride and we reach for the stars, for no matter what? Where? Who? And when?

As long as we’re together, we are happy again.

Our lives have meaning and our moments are rich,

with two cheeky boys and their funny antics

We will never back down, we will keep the flame alight

Creating awareness, and, never giving up the fight.

There is no turning back; it’s our mission, our goal

To save our child, from this deep black hole.

By Yael Cohn

Maxi’s Mum’s story – What I’ve Learnt, Herald Sun Newspaper

What I’ve Learnt


Hanging about with Molly and Shane

The Shane Warne Foundation have been a huge support to Maximus along with several other organisations, charities and community services.  We are so happy this opportunity came about to thank Shane Warne for the ongoing support for Maximus with equipment and supporting several of his other needs.  They are on this journey with us, Helen, Stacie & Jonno from TSWF have been remarkable in helping us get through some of the toughest times.  And of course special thanks goes to Molly Meldrum and Ziggy.

Wow! Maxi on the front page of the paper? Again!  Thank you Herald Sun!

Wow! Maxi on the front page of the paper? Again! Thank you Herald Sun!

12,000 Thank Yous From Maxi

12000Thank you to all of our visitors as our Worldwide Awareness counter reaches near 12000 hits.  Our  efforts to diagnose and cure Maximus continues, but since we launched this site, we have met so many new and wonderful people and learned there are so many who share similar challenges, even more who care for us, and many from all walks of life, who have shared advice and ideas to help guide us along the way.  We all thank you for your valuable support, love, prayers and well wishes which keep our hopes and dreams for Maximus alive and kicking.

Genetics Services Network Victoria share Maxi’s story

Thank you Syndromes Without A Name Australia for inviting me to do a talk on Maximus @ Royal Children’s Hospital –  Genetics Seminar, and big thanks to GSNV for publishing the talk on their site.

Genetic Services Network Victoria – Talk

Letter from Maxi to his doctors


Dear Doctors 

I want to thank you first of all for all you have done for me and continue to do even though you seem to be tirelessly searching for answers and nothing seems clear.

I know what I have is different and has my family at a loss, I see the way you look at me and my skin lesions and I know it’s got you stumped, I know my parents worry and my brother sometimes finds it tough too.  I just want you to know that I also know it’s hard for you.

I am sorry for the times I have been difficult to examine and hitting Dr. Wendy in the face was not my finest hour, not the thanks one would expect for curing my eye from a nasty tumour.  Nevertheless this is my experience that I wish to share.

It’s not fair when you don’t let me eat my breakfast to fast me and put me on another machine, and that mum and dad don’t let me eat as much as I would like – the no more sweets rule has offended me deeply.  They make me take medicine, and even wake me up when I am sleeping to take it.

I don’t like sleeping without my mum, she sneaks off when I am asleep, I usually wake up a few hours later and call out to her, and dad has to come and get me to take me to mum, every night. 

I like to be carried!!  My mum won’t carry me very often, because she has hurt her back, this devastates me at times.  Even dad has trouble carrying me at times, I like to be carried because I am often tired and need to rest and I love to cuddle. 

I am very heavy, when I fall it really hurts and it makes it hard for me to get around.  I used to run up the stairs but now I sometimes lose my balance and need to crawl up or hold someone hand to get up and down stairs.   I have a new wheelchair pram that helps holds my back up, I like it because I can sit up straight, without it I flop to the side.  I remember not long ago I was able to run and jump onto the couch with ease, so it frustrates me now when I get stuck on my back and struggle to get up off the floor.   

Why do we keep having to go to the hospital?! Yes, mum I like the meerkats but we just saw them last week.  I also find it really tiring sometimes to have to change my nappy which is too small for me and getting dressed can be very exhausting, that’s why I wont lift my legs or arms to help you at those times.  And why is it that nothing ever fits me? But most frustrating of all is that being only 2 years old, I cannot tell you how I am feeling.

I love to go swimming lessons with dad, in the water I am always smiling because I am free to move and my weight doesn’t hold me back in the water, I can be like all the other kids, in fact dad told mum I am the best in my class.

I love my childcare sessions and have enjoyed interacting and socializing with other children my age.  Mum only lets me stay for a couple of hours because I get very tired.

My favourite things are my friends and family, Leggo, Buzz Lightyear and playing with my brother Jacob.

Seeing mum at my appointments fumbling through her long list of questions, you probably find her a bit over the top, but you can see she is just another mum that cares for her boy and am grateful that you give her your best attention and obviously care for us.

With my loving family I am well armed to battle this mystery illness and I salute you, the generals of my army.   To Infinity and beyond! Buzz Lightyear to the rescue. 

Where is my dummy?

Thanks from Maxi


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