Run to the Max

  Max and Jake's Big Race was started by Jerilyn Hammerstrom and Paula Cook, the mothers of Max and Jake. They were inspired by the care their boys received at Rady Children's Hospital Heart Institute and are grateful for the time they shared organizing the Race for seven years. The race is now called Run to the Max – but will always be powered by Max and Jake’s Big Race.

Max went to Rady Children's Heart Institute at 3 months old to check out a common heart murmur. He was diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). While hoping the hole in his heart would close on its own, he became symptomatic. At 14 months, he underwent open heart surgery to repair the hole. Today as a vibrant Freshman, you would never know what he went through. He loves life, his family, friends, skateboarding, surfing, sports of all kinds and the Padres.

Read more about Max and sign up for this fun event –