The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) is proud to partner again with Max Parrot, Canadian Olympic snowboarder to help accelerate blood cancer cures. Max Parrot will walk in solidarity with the blood cancer community at our annual flagship event – Light The Night.
Max Parrot was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2018. Less than a year later and just two months after completing his blood cancer treatment, Max won gold at the Big Air X-Games in Oslo, Norway. Since then, he has continued to move his career in an upward trajectory, recently winning the prestigious X Games Aspen big air title – 13 months after being diagnosed with a blood cancer.
Light The Night Walk is an extraordinary event that brings together communities from across the country to celebrate survivors, honour those we’ve lost and give hope to those facing cancer. Each year, more than 35,000 Canadians participate to help accelerate blood cancer cures. The funds raised through Light The Night Walk are invested in lifesaving research, programs and services that support Canadians at every step of their blood cancer experience.
“My partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is obviously deeply personal. My goal is to inspire Canadians to support this cause until we find a cure.”
– Max Parrot
Born and raised near the Bromont ski area, Max Parrot also inherited the DNA of his father Alain, an alpine ski racer and Canadian water ski jump champion. After switching from the family sport of skiing to snowboard when he was 10, he found his first success at 16, when he took third place at the St-Sauveur Shakedown. That marked the beginning of his professional career. However, his parents would only allow him to travel the world alone and loan him the money he would need to enter international level contests if he successfully completed high school…. (more coming soon)
“Join my team or donate today to make a difference for anyone out there undergoing treatment like me. Without research there will be no cures. Every dollar raised funds lifesaving research, services and support and public education. I will be walking at the Light The Night Walk this fall, proudly holding my white lantern high. JOIN ME!”
– Max Parrot
Max Parrot began his professional snowboarding career at the age of 16 and went on to become the World Snowboard Tour Big Air Overall Champion. He has achieved over 25 podiums and four medals and is the second male ever to win the Snowboard Big Air and Slopestyle at the Big Air X Games. Max Parrot represented Canada at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi and at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, winning the silver medal in the latter. In August 2019, two months after completing his cancer treatment, Max competed in the 2019 X Games in Norway, winning gold.
“I wish to raise as much money and awareness as possible for blood cancer research and programs that assist patients and their families.”
– Max Parrot