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Sister Honors Late Brother’s Legacy
When Zoe Schloss was just two-months old, she lost her older brother, Max, to Tay-Sachs disease, a rare, incurable disorder that affects fewer than 20,000 Americans each year.
Though Zoe was very young at the time, her mother, Cynthia Lynch, involved her in ensuring Max’s legacy would live on with the creation of the Max All-Star Kid Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in support of pain and palliative care. The goals of palliative care are to relieve pain and distressful symptoms, and to provide services that enhance the comfort and quality of life for the child and family.
After Max passed away, Zoe and her mother would visit Hasbro Children’s Hospital each year on Max’s birthday—December 5—to bring presents and toys to the children staying here, hoping to bring smiles to faces.
Fast-forward to Zoe's senior year of high school, when she combined her love of running with her senior high school project and organized a benefit for the Max All-Star Kid Program.
For months, Zoe planned and organized “Miles for Max,” recruiting help from her community and local businesses. When the big day finally arrived, the road race was an overwhelming success, drawing nearly 100 runners who came together to raise more than $13,000 in support of Max’s program.
Zoe is an inspiration to all of us at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and a beautiful example of what it means to honor the memory of a loved one with a full, generous and caring heart.