Maxwell Federman

Maxwell Federman

Maxwell Federman is an active member of the Young Professionals (YP) Committee of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Greater NY Chapter. Max believes in the greater goal of the Foundation – to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

In 2010, Max battled his own case of IBD when he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. When most of his peers were getting ready to go to college, Max gave up an academic scholarship to his dream school, went on medical leave and spent months in and out of the hospital. Max only had a 20% chance of surviving his IBD – his journey included multiple perforations & infections, almost thirty surgeries and three separate ostomy bags. In addition to the physical scars from this experience, Max also had to overcome the emotional trauma from this experience: “I blamed myself for my health condition and grew to despise myself. I had no motivation to take good care of myself.”

After a flare-up that would potentially result in a fourth, and permanent, ostomy bag, Max realized he had to change his outlook on life. “I found myself at a crossroads knowing that if I continued to despise myself and self-sabotage, I would only be guaranteed a life full of misery and increasing depression. From then on, I forced myself to eat healthy, work out, dress nicely and practice daily self-love & compassion.”

Max graduated magna cum laude with a degree in film production from Fairleigh Dickenson University. He also holds a master’s degree in digital marketing from San Francisco University. Max is a paid search manager for Consumer Attorney Marketing Group (CAMG), a national fully integrated agency dedicated to law firms. Max additionally runs his own company, Sky Productions, through which he designs websites and landing pages for medical and small businesses, runs social media campaigns and helps his clients with their online advertising needs. Working remotely helps Max manage his health condition and take care of his two fur babies, the adorable miniature schnauzers Hulk and Loki.

Max credits his new outlook on life and professional success to the Foundation. “The YP Committee is very important to me. It is inspirational to be around individuals who have had similar diagnoses and achieve financial success, romantic partnerships, and personal fulfillment. It’s a reminder that I can do the same. While the Foundation seeks to cure IBD, it also creates a community for family and friends. A place of love and support for those of us dealing with these health issues can be more powerful than any antibiotic on the market. The Foundation offers resources and community to those who find themselves feeling isolated. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have the emotional and financial support they need, and everyone battling IBD should have access to the same love and friendship that I received.”

Maxwell Federman