SUMMIT, NJ - Tragically, in August of 2017, Summit's Max Gottstein lost his years-long battle with treatment-induced acute myeloid leukemia after years of fighting a rare eye cancer called retinoblastoma. A month prior to his passing, more tha 80 units of blood were collected at an inaugural blood drive held in his name and which honored his fight. Max’s family is now asking the community to help honor his memory by lending an arm to help patients like him.

Max’s family understands the critical importance of donating blood, especially approaching the summer months when donation numbers decrease because of vacations and school breaks. During his treatment, Max received many blood and platelet transfusions and two bone marrow transplants.

Through it all, he remained a happy and imaginative boy, charming everyone he met and inspiring others with his ability to shine even on his darkest days.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in honor of Max on Wednesday, May 2 at the Wilson Primary Center, located at 14 Beekman Terrace. Blood donation appointments are available between 2 - 8 p.m. To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code In Honor of Max.