MaxMax Goddard, a young man enrolled in the Partners in Health program at MDS, has received a Leadership Award from the Council for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions. Senator Jeff Woodburn, Executive Director of the organization, and Senator Molly Kelly presented the award to Max at a special ceremony on Monday, March 4 at HCS in Keene.

Family, friends and others who have been touched by Max’s example and leadership were on hand at this award ceremony to honor him. Max told the group that he was just doing what he’d been raised to do, “Help people who need help.”

Max received this Leadership Award for his inspirational mentoring and advocacy for young people with chronic health issues. An upbeat 20-year-old who lives in Sullivan with his mother and grandmother, Max has lived with severe hemophilia for all of his life. In spite of his serious medical condition, Max has served for a number of years as a camp counselor at the New England Hemophilia Association (NEHA) Family Camp, this past year as lead counselor. He has also served as counselor-in-training at Paul Newman’s Hole in the Woods camp.

Max has attended several national leadership building events, and every year travels to Washington, D.C. where he advocates for blood safety and healthcare with the National Hemophilia Foundation. Max has made a difference in many people’s lives, from the younger kids he mentors.

During the event, Senator Kelly, a member of the Health, Educaton & Human Services Committee, spoke to the group about some of the health care issues facing New Hampshire, including:

  • Medicaid expansion/Managed Care: “I say we can’t afford not to do it.”

  • Restoring money for the DD waitlist.

  • Getting money back to hospitals, citing Keene and Vision 2020.

  • Restoring funding for respite care.

  • A proposed companion to the patient’s bill of rights that addresses rights for home care providers.

Sen. Kelly encouraged all present to talk with their representatives in Concord about their concerns and to make sure their voices are heard.