Elizabeth is more than just a talented actress, avid reader, and adventure enthusiast. She’s a childhood cancer survivor who has inspired MaxLove with her resiliency, creativity, and love for those around her. Elizabeth is a kind and beautiful warrior who has become a beloved member of the MaxLove family. This striped swirl knit beanie with a ribbed edge is just as stunning as the woman it was named after.
Elizabeth was born on September 27, 1980. A week after Elizabeth’s birth, her mother, Juliet Wachsberg, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Sadly, Elizabeth’s mother passed away four months later. When Elizabeth was two years old, her father noticed a lump on the right side of her neck. After a biopsy, she was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the submandibular salivary gland, which is a rare form of cancer, even rarer in children.
Elizabeth's doctor, Dr. Fee of Stanford University, researched her cancer tirelessly to find the least invasive way to cut out the tumor. He studied methods of removal that would enable him to remove the tumor without leaving a scar from her jaw to her shoulder. After Dr. Fee presented Elizabeth to several medical conferences, he found a way to make two horizontal cuts and then burrow in to her neck to cut out the cancer. As a result of Dr. Fee’s ingenious removal method, you would never be able to tell that Elizabeth is missing her sternocleidomastoid muscle on the right side of her neck.
For five years after her surgery, Elizabeth's father, who is a pediatrician, would palpate her neck in between her visits to Dr. Fee. Thankfully her cancer did not come back!
In Summer of 2013 is when the MaxLove Team and Elizabeth met, below is Elizabeth's story of how we first met this incredible fighter:
"On June 2nd 2013 I went to Patchwork, a craft fair in Long Beach with friends, and the first booth I stopped at was the MaxLove Project’s. The first thing I saw was the beautifully colored beanies. After approaching the booth, Audra, SuperMax’s Momma, started to tell me about the charity and who the money from the hats benefit. I felt so happy that I could buy something that was super cute and also benefited a good cause. When I started to tell my story of surviving childhood cancer, I found myself surrounded by Audra and other mothers who all had children who were fighting against cancer. I, in an instant, became the hope that they had for their child's future. It was overwhelming at first, but I also felt an extreme amount of love from them as well. I immediately knew that I wanted to do anything I could to help with MaxLove Project.
I am so happy to be a part of the MaxLove Project family and I am so proud of the Fall/Winter look book for MaxLove Brand."
The MaxLove Team is always in awe of how lucky we are that fate introduced us to Elizabeth. We are honored to have this brave and strong woman as a representative for our brand and cause. As a childhood cancer survivor, Elizabeth is a beautiful example of our hope for all children who are thriving against the odds.
Thank you Elizabeth for all of the love and support that you have shown MaxLove, we love you and will forever be standing by you and cheering you on!
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