Help Max, Little Darth from VW's "The Force"

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Max Page with director Lance Acord on the VW
Max Page with director Lance Acord on the VW "The Force" shoot

We just learned from Deutsch, L.A. that Max Page, the awesome seven-year-old actor who starred in the Volkswagen's Super Bowl gem "The Force," will be undergoing open heart surgery this Wednesday. Page was born with a congenital heart defect to fix a hole in his heart and to replace his pulmonary valve.

Page is an ambassador for Children's Hospital in Los Angeles and although he is going through his own surgery, he's trying to raise money for other kids with heart problems. So far, he's reached about 75% of his $2000 goal. Those who want to help him out can donate on his page at

Deutsch shared the following note from Max's mom:

"We told Max and Els [Max's brother] Sunday afternoon. Initially, Max was crying and repeating how scared how he was. We unpeeled the layers by asking what exactly he was afraid of and tackled each issue as he could verbalize it. Blood draws, spending the night in the hospital and hurting are the big three. He was also very sad that summer would be in rest in recovery instead of playing baseball, golf and traveling. Around bedtime he asked if I would stay up with him and talk. He wanted to make a 'CAN DO' list. So we wrote out all the things he can do so he could focus on those. Then he said we definitely had to 'Fun Up' the house. So we went and got Els out of bed and spent the next hour redesigning each room with a theme, special rules and secret codes. In the Library (Els Room) we have to read with flashlights. On Whisper Lane (the hallway) you have to whisper. Going up the stairs you have to sing 'Take me out to the ball game.' The most favorite is the garage--Explode Zone--science experiments and art projects, the messier the better.

"Last night, I wanted to make sure he was doing as well as he seemed. He said, 'Mom I don't have a choice. I have to go through it. I don't like it and it's still scary--but I have to. So I think I might as well go through it with a good attitude.' So as we hop on Max's coattails to go on this ride--we too, shall do it with a good attitude. Though we will still tremble with tears and have our overwhelming moments--we will focus on the 'CAN DO' and enjoy our Fun Up House.

"Mighty Max wants me to include one more thing--one of the lines he uses when he speaks to groups.

"'Kids, if you use your FORCE and dream big, you can achieve anything. We may be small--but we're mighty!'"

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