A father’s fitting tribute to his son.

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 5.00.21 PMWhen Sergiu Iancu and his wife, Alla, brought their two-year-old son, Maxim, to the hospital for an injured foot, they had no idea of the ordeal that lay ahead. After Maxim’s foot refused to heal, the Iancus brought him to Boston Children’s Hospital. They wouldn’t leave for another five weeks. Doctors discovered Maxim had leukemia. The young boy underwent twenty-four months of chemotherapy, countless blood transfusions and tests, and was unable to walk for a year. Throughout that time, the Iancus commuted back and forth from Nantucket to Boston where Maxim received treatment. “It’s been a journey and an experience that I don’t want anyone to go through,” says Iancu.

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 5.00.33 PMThankfully, Maxim recently finished treatment and is getting back to being a kid again. Although his family is happily moving forward with their life, they will never forget the trials of fighting disease, a fight that many continue to wage here on the island. In honor of his son and those like him who are fighting illness, Iancu designed a bracelet. “The Maxbliss bracelet is to inspire all people to appreciate their happy place in the world,” the father explains. “The Maxbliss bracelet represents the beauty of life, incorporating the natural elements of the sun and the sea. Whether it’s an island, a country, or a continent, everyone has their own happy place.” Proceeds of the bracelet are being donated to Swim Across America, which raises money for cancer care on the island, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. “We wanted to express our thanks to all the people who helped and raise awareness,” Iancu says.

To buy your bracelet and support the cause, click here.

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