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Max is trapped in a world where he is fully aware of what is happening around him, but needs speech therapy so he can interact with others.

Max is 6 years old and has a profound speech delay. A neurological condition left him with a complete loss of speech at age 2. He wants to interact with other kids and is often rejected because they can't understand him. He needs intensive speech therapy that health insurance will not cover so he can interact with the world around him. A teacher once commented on how "Max is the bravest person I've ever seen. He comes to school every day and is fully aware of the fact that he can't speak to express his needs. He still comes every day and does his best to smile, give hugs, and be a ray of light." Before our experience with Max, I used to think how horrible it is for people who are trapped in their bodies that can't communicate what they're feeling or what they need (coma victims, people who lose their speech due to Multiple Sclerosis, etc.) Now I watch my 6 year old son trapped in a world without the ability to express himself. It's as simple as having access to the proper treatment, but the cost makes it impossible.
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