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More Than Pink – Max and Bruce Oldham
Bruce and Max Oldham are an extraordinary father-son team. Though neither has personally fought a battle with breast cancer, both men are co-survivors who have felt the deep and lasting effects of this disease.
Bruce and Max have been involved with the Komen Central Indiana Race for the Cure for the last decade, working tirelessly to raise awareness and funds in memory of their wife and mother, Kim.
Kim died from breast cancer in May 2007 when Max was just five years old. When Kim was in the final stages of her breast cancer journey, she decided to participate in the Race to help others. Though she didn’t have much energy to spare, Kim designed a team shirt for her friends and family to wear on Race Day.
Unfortunately, the team did not walk that year due to a decline in Kim’s health. Bruce walked in the 2008 Indianapolis Race in memory of Kim, and the following year Max, then age eight, joined along with friends and family. They created team ‘Remembering Kim’ and have walked in the Race every year since.
In 2009, Max was the youngest member of the Pink Honor Roll, a list of the top 100 individual fundraisers for the Race. To gain support, Max used a $25 gift card to purchase a shirt for himself and pink bracelets to hand out to people he knew.
Bruce and Max continue to fundraise and participate in the Race so that others can have a chance to beat breast cancer.
Bruce said he can’t think of a better way to honor Kim’s memory.
They create a team t-shirt, walk with friends and family, and Max strives to be on the Pink Honor Roll every year – a goal he has successfully accomplished every year since starting the tradition in 2009. Now a high school student, Max has cumulatively raised more than $14,000 for Komen Central Indiana.
In 2015, the pair was honored with the Co-Survivor Award at the annual Circle of Hope celebration.
Bruce and Max were co-survivors to a beloved wife and mother, and by honoring her memory through advocacy and fundraising, they are a source of strength and support for local families who have also been touched by breast cancer.
Bruce and Max Oldham are two examples of everyday heroes who are making a difference in the fight against breast cancer in ways big and small. Join them in being More Than Pink by getting involved with the Race.