Reflections of Max
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Thinking of you on your B-day yesterday, and many, many more times. Miss you, Max!!!
Leslie Ann Lesko (received 9/22/08)
I knew Max Harrison since he was born. I was friends with his sisters Annette, Michelle, and Chris. I remember when we were young, us girls would pick on him and his little brother Patrick LOL.
My friend Max was a great guy!!! I miss him dearly and I still pray for him and his family.
When Max came to work in customer service he gave a seemingly smug shrug when we warned him how difficult the job could be. As my friendship with Max grew, I realized his wonderful personality allowed him to take things in stride; so he definitely wasn’t being smug – not at all!
Max was always willing to help whomever with whatever. We had a lot of fun at work. We kept in touch after I left for a different job. His birthday is a couple days before mine, so we had that special bond, too. As I have continued in my life and now have two small daughters, in addition to my older step children, I’m so sad not to be able to share my “proud mother” moments with him. Max loved his family, especially his son. He also loved the St. Louis Cardinals! Go Cardinals!
I miss Max and I am so proud of the good work he did to raise awareness of and funds for ALS. God bles Max’s friends and family who continue this good work!
With much love and affection,
I remember meeting Max in the break room at work. He struck me as a bright and handsome young man. We talked about work and our families. He always talked about his love for his son. No one was a stranger to Max.
I was a mere aquaintance. But, I consider myself lucky to have known him. He will always serve as an inspiration and model of generosity, perseverance and integrity. Max dreamed the imposible dream. The world is a better place for having been graced by his life for those precious 36 years. I am a better person for having known him.
The following was printed on an ornament I received this Christmas titled Always Remembered and when I read it, I could hear it through Max’s voice:
I know I am still with youin your prayers, your thoughts, your heart.
And though you cannot see me,
I will always be a part of life’s sweet celebrations in those times when you reflect on how, though things are different, through our love, we still connect.
We’ll see each other someday when our spirits all are free, until then, I am with you because you remember me.
Not a day goes by when I don’t think of Max and how honored and blessed I am to have had him in my life.
His never ending love, his beautiful blue eyes, his nonstop courage and his awesome sense of humor are the things I miss the most.
He will be with all of us because he will be remembered by all he came in contact with him.
I will never forget what a wonderful man Max was. I hired him into KidCare and knew the moment I met him he was a special person. Max touched my life in many ways. I wished everyone could have knew him personally. I will miss him and think of him every day.
Your friend always,
I will always remember Max as the little brother who constantly bothered me and would rarely ever eat anything more then hot dogs…
Then as a grown man, Max would always bail me out of what ever situation I got myself into. When I moved to Springfield in 99, I had to rent the biggest U-haul there was to get all our stuff into and since I had never driven anything that big before Max volunteered because he had drove bigger things in the Army….what a selfless person…
The day that we went to Washington University to get the test results from his visit the month before. He took the news better then Christina or I…He said when we got in the car “Nothing has changed, it just has a name now.” Then as soon as he got home he left to go fix some girls brakes on her car. How many people do you know would do that after getting that kind of news?
Max was more of a brother to my daughter, then an uncle. I worked long hours and my family picked up the slack when I couldn’t be there. He had to cancel alot of plans. When she would screw up and I would complain, he would say “look at the stuff you were doing at her age, give her a break.” Always the diplomat.
I miss my brother and hope that somehow and some way he knows how much he is loved and missed.
I was so fortunate to know Max. He was an inspiration not only to me but to many others. I will truly miss Max.
I found out the first year working with Max of many others that have be affected by this terrible disease. When asking for donations for any of the different events, many people told their stories of the family members, friends and people they knew that had been affected by ALS.
This is why Max’s story of giving to patient care and research for others is so wonderful. He helped others before himself.
Please continue to remember these patients who need year round help. I know Max would.