Max Just Wants To Blow Something Up
While 7-year-old Max was weathering the treatments and immense pain associated with his neuroblastoma, the one thing that made his day a little brighter was watching his favorite TV show, MythBusters. When Make-A-Wish approached him, at first he didn't know what to wish for. But then he thought about his favorite episode, in which the MythBusters took explosives and, Max said, "They tested the myth that it's impossible to rip someone's socks off. ... They blew it up, and it knocked the socks off."
So Max decided that he wanted to knock off some socks of his own by blowing up a building.
That's what we call puttin' the "blast" in "neuroblastoma."
That's the seven-story ConAgra grain mill, and it was detonated by Max himself. Make-A-Wish flew Max and his family from California to the small town of Huron, Ohio, just so he could push the big, red button. And that was only the culmination of days filled with explosive fun, because Max also prepared for the demolition by watching tons of videos of buildings being destroyed, helped place the dynamite into the building's support columns, and even got to take the local bomb squad's remote-controlled robot for a spin, yelling, "Fire in the hole!" before remotely shotgunning a root beer bottle.
He'd been weighing offers from Make-A-Wish and Michael Bay.