Mini Darth Vader (remember him?) uses the Force for good

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Feb 6, 2013, 1:29 PM EST (Updated)

When Luke Skywalker said there was good in him, he wasn't whistlin' dixie!

Max Page may not be a name you immediately recognize. Heck, even his face might not ring any bells. But put him in a Darth Vader costume, and then you'll know who we mean.  Just in case you've forgotten, here's a refresher 

Yeah, now you remember. Since he appeared in that Super Bowl Volkswagen commercial back in 2011, Max has kept pretty busy.  You see, he has a rare congenital heart defect that's forced him to undergo eight surgeries.  What's so inspiring, though, is that Max hasn't been slowed down by the disorder.  If anything, he's done more in eight years than most adults have done in their entire lives.

Max is the head of the Junior Ambassadors Program for Children's Hospital Los Angeles and spends a lot of his time raising both awareness and money for other kids who need help.  With the help of his parents, Max has worked to raise $50,000 to make sure the Los Angeles hospital and neonatal intensive care keep their doors open.  Keep in mind we're talking about an 8-year-old kid who had four surgeries within his first year of life.

It's no surprise that the national recognition of playing kid Darth Vader has given Max a platform to work from.  As for whether he's making a difference, Max says, "It's the first time Darth Vader's been good, so that might be a little change."

Max is not only a public speaker and campaigner, he also visits other sick kids and has become a role model to many of them.  Though he was temporarily slowed by his most recent surgery seven months ago, he says he's "back to being me" and is planning to return to his role on The Young and the Restless while continuing his philanthropic effort to aid sick kids in need.

(via CNN)