Y&R’s Max Page to address congressional leaders on health care
Young actor to be a health care advocate.
Soaps.com has learned that Max Page, who played Victoria and JT Hellstrom’s son Reed from 2009 until 2015 is about to take on a new role. Page will travel to Washington D.C. on July 12 as a representative of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to attend the 2017 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day. The event allows young patients from around the country to meet with congressional leaders and speak with them about health care policies that benefit children’s hospitals in particular. This will be the sixth year that Page has traveled to D.C. in order to meet with leaders to discuss healthcare. He has previously met Congressman Adam Schiff, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Sessions’ wife Mary Blackshear Sessions. “It’s important to share stories,” Page told People. “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.” Page, who is now 12, was diagnosed at birth with Tetralogy of Fallot, a rare congenital heart defect. He has gone through a dozen surgeries, including being hospitalized in January with endocarditis, which caused Amelia Heinle and Melody Thomas Scott to ask for prayers for Max Page.
Page rose to fame outside of soaps due to his adorable role as the Darth Vader kid in the Volkswagen Passat commercial. This is not the first time the young actor has used his status to raise awareness. Page led the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Walk back in 2011. About this trip, Page tells People, “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. It just happened to us.” His mother Jennifer Page notes, “Our message to Senators is to save Medicaid for kids… We have to come to the table to get some sensible health care for kids and families. I don’t want Max worrying about how he will get care when he’s an adult because this is a lifelong condition for him. We want Max to be able to get his own insurance one day and be able to take care of himself.” Both his mother and father Buck Page are proud of their son and his advocacy work. “He never feels sorry for himself, it’s never ‘Why me?’ even though he always has to think twice about his health. As he becomes a teen and takes responsibility to monitor his own health and future, we are just so proud.”
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