Just like the rest of us who demand a healthy dose of fantasy and colorful escapism, Max Levy is a guy who devours comic books at the speed of a raging river. He’s only been roaming this planet for a mere five years, but the kid has good taste; favoring strong-willed, powerful and wonderfully witty superheroes like Iron Man. And just like his favorite hero, Max is also no stranger to tough battles, as he suffers from the blood disorder known as hemophilia. Let it be known, however, that Max doesn’t let that get in the way of his optimism or sense of humor. Quite the opposite, in fact.
When Max had to get a metal disk inserted into his chest to allow for treatment, his dad, Dan, lost sleep over how to break the news to him. They had just seen the latest Iron Man movie, so Dan decided to tell Max that he was going to get a port in his chest, just like Iron Man. Max’s reaction was awesome, priceless. “I get to be Iron Man.” And so… Iron Max was born, a real life vehicle to spread positivity to kids everywhere (seriously, check out the hashtag #IronMax on Twitter). Max’s sister Zoe soon jumped on the cause to raise money hemophilia, and all of this mighty whirlwind caught the attention of…
Marvel Comics! They heard about Max’s story, and Brian Michael Bendis, whose body of work as a writer is absolutely massive, decided to put Iron Max in their Invincible Iron Man comic as a heroic boy battling hemophilia. Max told NBC News, “I think it’s pretty cool being in a comic book. I’m making other children not scared because there’s a kid who’s a superhero and they would like to be that I guess… maybe some people are that.”
— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) December 26, 2015
Max’s photo appeared in the back of the comic, along with the caption: “Since heroes belong in comic books, we couldn’t resist giving Max a cameo in ours.” Did your heart just explode with love? Ours did.
Use the hashtag #IronMax on all your social media platforms to show your support for Max and his battle. And never ever forget, comics really do have the power to help people.”You know, it’s times like these when I realize what a superhero I am” (Iron Man 3).
HT: NBC News
FEATURED IMAGE: Dan Levy
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