On August 5th, 2011, doctors told Justin Wilford, a UCLA geography lecturer, what no parent wants to hear. His 4-year-old son, Max, had brain cancer. About two months later, Wilford and his wife, Audra Wilford, founded the MaxLove Project, a nonprofit organization that helps children fighting cancer and other life-threatening conditions. The idea for the project came during Max’s chemotherapy, when he started using Twilight Turtle pillows, which are sleep aids that also substitute as night lights. Max would sleep with the particular pillows to help heal and cope with the effects of the treatment. Max, now 7 years old, is still fighting cancer.
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After partnering up with the twilight pillow manufacturing company, Cloud b, the Wilfords began sending out the pillows to children who have completed or are going through treatment for cancer. So far, the MaxLove Project has donated roughly $100,000 worth of pillows. The project has also sent out more than 150 nutritional kits filled with educational materials and other products, as well as funded research about integrative medicine, Wilford said. The project is funded by donations from Bruins Fighting Pediatric Cancer and other donors.
The Wilfords are neighbors of a friend of mine. When he sent forward this charity event which benefits the MaxLove Project, I knew I had to help spread the word.
WHAT: MaxLove Project is hosting a Farm-to-Fork Dinner, hosted by Greg Lee of ABC 7 News, honoring Linda Suh of the Cloud b company, and featuring Chef Azmin Ghahreman of Sapphire Laguna. This magical evening will feature farm fresh food, hand crafted cocktails, and live music presented by our sponsors: The Honest Company, Sapphire Catering, Tanaka Farms, Lily’s Sweets, Cloud b, Hill Family Estate Wines, Seaworth Coffee Co., and MaxLove Brand.
WHY: Benefit dinner to fundraise for MaxLove Project, an Orange County based nonprofit organization that supports families facing childhood cancers with whole-kid wellness strategies.
WHEN: Saturday, October 24, 2015.
The night will consist of the following events:
** ARRIVAL + HAPPY HOUR 5-7pm: Tanaka Farms Top of the Farm
** DINNER 7-9pm: Top of the Farm
** AFTER DINNER LOUNGE 9-10pm: Top of the Farm
** AFTER PARTY 10pm: Red Bar & Lounge at Hotel Irvine
WHERE: Tanaka Farms, 5380 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
About MaxLove Project: MaxLove Project is a volunteer-driven, grassroots nonprofit organization founded to help SuperKids thrive against cancer and life-threatening conditions. Our mission is to provide families fighting childhood cancers and life-threatening conditions with accessible, practical, and kid-friendly whole-body wellness. Our ultimate goal is to support SuperKids in overcoming the odds—to thrive in treatment and beyond. We believe that all kids should have full access to every cancer-fighting tool available, including excellent nutrition and therapeutic resources such as acupuncture, physical activity, and healing narratives.
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