Little Ashburn boy buoyed by outpouring of support

Max Sheppard was teased on Friday for wearing pink to school.

We have a sweet update to the story we shared on Friday about little Max Sheppard and his pink wardrobe.

Max’s after-school program was having a “pink out” day for breast cancer awareness. As Max had lost his grandmother to breast cancer, he was eager to show his support and dressed up in pink from head to toe. Unfortunately, some kids at school poked fun at him. Max’s mom hated seeing him disappointed like that and posted to Facebook asking for comments of support for Max. The Burn shared this because we wanted to see Max’s spirits boosted too.

Max wearing his pink outfit on Friday for breast cancer awareness.

Well, it worked.

Max’s mom said he spent all weekend reading the outpouring of support. “We have received hundreds of comments from friends, neighbors, strangers, survivors of breast cancer, those who have lost people to breast cancer and just many many compassionate people who wanted to uplift a little boy,” Tracy Sheppard wrote. “Max has been reading them with the biggest smile on his face all weekend.”

Sheppard added that Max’s school — Mill Run Elementary — handled the situation beautifully. A school “pink out” day previously scheduled for later in October has been moved up to tomorrow, Monday, October 21. So expect to see a lot of kids (and some adults too) wearing pink on Monday.

You can see Sheppard’s follow up “thank you” post on Facebook below.

Good job, Max. Mission accomplished. Awareness raised.