Iowa State Soccer Team Visits “Mighty Max”
AMES, Iowa – Following a doubleheader against South Dakota State and Creighton, the Iowa State soccer team had dinner with 12-year-old Max Low, who has been battling leukemia since he was in kindergarten.
Low has received national attention after the Ottumwa Courier published a letter to the editor about Low. The letter to the editor was linked to a Facebook page about supporting Low in an effort for him to receive 1,000,000 letters. As a result, the Low family has been receiving nearly 2,000 support letters a day from all across the world.
Low, who is referred to as Mighty Max because of his courageous multi-year fight with leukemia, met the Cyclones for a spaghetti dinner in Omaha this past Saturday and left an indelible impression on the members of the soccer squad.
“Visiting Max was truly inspiring,” Iowa State junior Mary Kate McLaughlin said. “Max is battling cancer at the young age of 12, and I can only imagine the challenges that he has faced and continues to face every day. However, his attitude and outlook on life was nothing short of optimistic; it was absolutely inspiring. His smile lit up the entire room as soon as he walked in. We were fortunate enough to be able to speak with him briefly, and he was very appreciative of the time we took to visit him.”
Sophomore Megan Long was had a similar experience to McLaughlin after the Cyclones met Low.
“It was awesome to know that we could do something as a team that could really make a difference for Max,” Long said. “We were able to contribute some donations for him and all write letters to help him achieve his goal of one million letters. The personal interaction with Max was great for the team as well because Max and his family were really grateful that we were there. It was neat to see that taking some time out of our day can really make a difference.”
Visiting Max is not something out of the ordinary for the Cyclone soccer team, as the squad has won the last two Cyclone Challenges. The Cyclone Challenge winner is the team with the most points earned through individual and team participation in CHAMPS/Life Skills events and attendance at Cyclone sporting events.
“For me individually, I think that it is really important that myself and the team take time out of our days to help people, such as Max or the community because we have been so blessed to be a part of Iowa State and the soccer team,” Long said. “It is very important that we are helping others by giving our time, but it also benefits the team when we can do events like this together, knowing we are working with each other and achieving something together.”