Diagnosed at birth with a congenital heart defect, Max Page (ex-Reed, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) has undergone a dozen heart surgeries, and is representing Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at the 2017 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. to meet with congressmen about better child health care policies. He traveled there with his parents, Jennifer and Buck, and brother, Ellison.
“I hope that I can be the face for healthcare and show them that kids have health problems and that we didn’t do anything to deserve this,” Page told People. “It just happened to us.”
Page, who also became famous for playing the Darth Vader Kid in the 2011 Volkswagen Super Bowl Commercial, was back in the hospital again this January with a heart infection, and thanks to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, was back in fighting shape in no time.
“It’s important to share stories,” Page explained. “I want the Senators to put a face to children’s health care. I tell them my story, what surgeries I have had, and how much I needed my doctors now and in the future.”
Because Page’s rare condition will require lifelong medical care, his parents worry how their son will be able to find insurance to pay for his numerous bills as he grows older. And with possible cuts to Medicaid being considered, his family wants to make sure Page and other children are taken care of.
“If the funding gets cut,” Page admitted, “there might not be the care there for me and other kids. It’s always in the back of my mind.”
This is Page’s sixth year traveling to D.C. to advocate on behalf of children’s health care, but this visit may just be the most important one. We wish him all the best and hope he’s able to help bring about some positive change!
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