A six-year-old Evertonian who had his leg amputated as a baby enjoyed a 'day he will remember forever'.
It included Max spending an afternoon designing a special personalised sleeve for his prosthetic leg with striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Max was born with amniotic band syndrome, a rare condition which can restrict blood flow to limbs of unborn babies and restrict their development. Max had his right leg amputated at just seven weeks old.
Max's dad Chris explained:
After that, he was given a prosthetic about six months later. “He’s had them ever since, but he does struggle to keep them on because of infections that he keeps getting, so he spends a lot of time on rutches.
A talented footballer Max plays in his age group for the England amputee team.
As he grows, he has to be fitted with longer prosthetic legs, at which times he also gets new bespoke sleeves to wrap around them.
The Everton-mad youngster has had Minions and Spiderman patterns in the past and spoke of his joy after working with Calvert-Lewin and Everton graphic designer Sharelle Hunt to create a special Toffees-themed sleeve at the Club’s Royal Liver Building headquarters.
I’ve got my name on it, and pictures of Jordan Pickford, Richarlison and Dom.
After the sleeve design was complete, Calvert-Lewin presented an astonished Max with an Everton Season Ticket for the 2019-20 campaign.
Max and his dad will be able attend every Toffees match for free at Goodison Park next season.
“I think I might cry a little bit when we go… It’s amazing,” added Chris.
It’s really generous of Everton and we can’t thank them enough.
And after receiving his Season Ticket surprise, Calvert-Lewin and Max celebrated in style, the striker teaching him the moves to his ‘lawnmower’ goal celebration.
“It was the first time I’ve done it since the Huddersfield game last season,” said Calvert-Lewin “I said I wouldn’t bring it out again - so it’s been a special day all around!
It’s been great, Max did such a good job with the sleeve and to get the Season Ticket is just a great surprise. Hopefully I can score few goals in front of him.”