Max is a truely inspirational yet modest young 17 year old. He has always been a passionate all-round sportsman with a competitive and sporting attitude particularly doing well at football and rugby. However when he was 15 he was struck down with endocardytis, a life threatening heart disease which was destroying a heart valve. His local hospital diagnosed this in the nick of time and sent him by emergency ambulance to Evelina Children's Hospital in London to be operated on the next day where the fantastic surgeons saved his life by transplanting a donor valve and permanent pacemaker. Throughout the whole frightening process, Max was calm and extremely brave. He has made an excellent recovery and although he is prevented from participating in football or rugby,he has excelled in other sports such as tennis, badminton,cricket and golf. He is doing an A level in PE and intending to go on to a sports science degree at university. He has also qualified as a football referee which he now does most week-ends. Other parents and friends have commented on Max's inspirational and uncomplaining attitude, where he has got on and done well in other sports with enthusiasm and a smile. He still watches and supports his old junior football team but doesn't seem to lament. He is also testament to the doctors and staff of the Eastbourne and Evelina Hospitals who saved his life. Wouldn't it be marvelous to let them see their handywork when he carries the Olympic Torch!