Our Story

My name is Rick. My Son Maximilian was born December 22, 1991. From the day he entered this world, he always had a smile on his face. He constantly shared his compassion, positivity and love with family, friends and everyone he met until his death on November 16, 2014. He died from Heroin. My daughter, Madeline, is lost without her best buddy and forever companion. My wife, Maryann lost her dream and I lost my only son.

Our mission for The Maximilian Foundation will be focused on Drug Education in hopes of preventing what happened to our family happening to other families. Our goal is to inform children of the consequences of doing Heroin as well as trying to identify children who are the most susceptible to trying drugs. I want to reach parents and let them know it can happen in their homes, no matter how happy or loving their home may be.

The media sends mixed messages to glamorize the drug epidemic. We must stop these mixed messages and ensure that our children understand the TRUTH about drug use and the devastation and death it causes.

Due to the new formulas the drug suppliers are using to make Heroin, a person becomes addicted on the first try. We can’t take all the dealers or suppliers away, but we can take away the demand!

I ask you to please help in my mission. I want to spread my son’s love and compassion to all our children. I want children to understand the consequences of trying this potent drug and inform them of the hurt it causes their Brothers, Sisters, Moms and Fathers, Grandparents, cousins, and friends. I want to let them know how precious they are to US. We can protect our children from everything but themselves, so let’s educate them and give them the information they will need to make a better future.

Maximilian and Madeline are Maryann’s and my world. When we lost Maximilian, we lost too much to explain. I don’t want what happened to my son to happen to your child.

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Mission Statement

THE MAXIMILIAN FOUNDATION SUPPORTS PROGRAMS THAT PREFENT SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIORS CREATED BY ADOLESCENT INSECURITIES; STRENGTHENING THE EDUCATION OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE BY NOURISHING CHARACTER, BUILDING CONFIDENCE, AND GROWING THE LIFE SKILLS NEEDED TO SUSTAIN BETTER CHOICES.