Maxmobile honors cancer victim

first_imgLunch at Felipe’s was over, and it was time for Peter Heumann to drive Tracey Buelow to nearby Union Station for a surprise. “I’ve got something to show you,” said the Calabasas neighbor and good friend of Tracey and her husband, David. “You’re going to love it.” Parked behind the train station was the first bloodmobile of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles – named the Maxmobile in memory of the Buelows’ 11-year-old son, Max, who died of cancer last year. From now on, people who can’t make it to the hospital in Hollywood to donate blood and platelets don’t have to worry. The Maxmobile will be coming to a blood drive nearby. “It’s so beautiful,” she said, beginning to cry. “Max would have said, `Mom, it’s absolutely awesome.’ He would have been so proud.” Peter said he had to fight back his own tears watching Tracey run her hand along the side of the Maxmobile, “almost like she was touching a piece of Max.” If you want to see the Maxmobile and maybe donate some blood and platelets to Childrens Hospital while you’re at it, the bloodmobile will be at this year’s Volvo City of Angels Bike Ride on April29, beginning at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park. For information, visit www.coafunride.com or call Heumann at (818)597-0030. If you’re in the mood to turn the clock back to the sock-hop era and help some young college students pursue careers in law enforcement, fire services and as emergency medical technicians, stop by Los Angeles Valley College on Saturday night. The college’s Emergency Services Department is hosting a doo-wop concert as a fundraiser for student scholarships.”We’ve got classic cars of that era, plenty of poodle-skirted ladies, hamburgers on the grill and the doo-wop music of the Mighty Echoes, a great group,” said Dr. Alan Cowen, chairman of the department. The concert begins at 7p.m. in the Monarch Hall campus auditorium at 5800 Fulton Ave. in Valley Glen. Tickets are $15. For information, call (818)947-2619. The fifth annual Canoga Park St. Patrick’s Day Community March and Celebration will begin at 1p.m. March17 in front of the Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way. I’ll be there, so stop by and say hi, and we’ll have some fun marching through town with bagpipers, drummers, leprechauns, True Thomas the storyteller and a few more of St. Patty’s friends. The mayor and Councilman Dennis Zine are supposed to be there, too, if you’re a fan of politicians. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. [email protected] (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “There are many companies with employees who want to give blood, but they can’t get off work to come down here to donate,” said Jacque Tagliere, the hospital’s manager of blood services. “Now, we can go to them.” Max was an outgoing, funny boy whose courage and wit right up to the end in March 2006 touched everyone who knew him. His older sister, Emily, 13, had her own battle with leukemia a few years earlier, and it is now in remission. What the Buelow family went through was every parent’s worst nightmare, but the courage they showed in meeting these dual killers attacking their kids inspired hundreds of families in the community to stand with them. Dozens of blood drives were organized, and tens of thousands of dollars in donations began pouring into Childrens Hospital in Max’s name – from pennies and dimes in jars to $100 checks, including one from a prison inmate. “It was absolutely incredible to see the outpouring of love for that little boy and his family,” said Heumann, who organized the Volvo City of Los Angeles Fun Ride, raising more than $80,000 of the $200,000 collected to build the Maxmobile. And Tracey Buelow was on her way over with her neighbor and a friend to see it for the first time. last_img