Max’s Miracle Benefit Concert and Bike Ride/Car Show are hosted by Shannon Payeur, family and friends to raise awareness about Cytomegalovirus or Congenital CMV.
Shannon started Max’s Miracle after her son, 18-month-old Maximus Payeur, was born with the disease. He is a miracle to his family and each day is a gift since it was not known if he would survive birth.
Last year, Shannon launched Max’s Miracle Motorcycle Ride to bring attention to this virus and raise money for research. The money was sent to the National CMV Registry.
This year, a Benefit Concert and Bike Ride/Car Show will take place to bring more attention to the cause. The concert will be held at The Blue Rooster on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Bands scheduled to play include Southern-rock band the Corbitt Brothers, Southern-rock and blues musician Ray Cashman, rockabilly-rockers Hillbilly Casino and country-roots honky-tonkers Travis Mann Band.
The Bike Ride/Car Show will be Saturday, Oct. 10, on Murfreesboro’s Public Square. The event will have activities for participants of all ages with entertainment throughout the day. Car and bike enthusiasts are encouraged to register for a chance to win prizes. Registration for the car show begins at 9 a.m., is $15 to enter and vehicles must be ready by 11 a.m. A motorcycle poker run will take place and registration is $25. The run is scheduled to leave at 10 a.m. following the salute to the flag. Motorcycle participants for the poker run will receive a poker sheet for a chance to win $25, $50 or $100. All registered participants will receive a free lunch provided by Rick’s Barbeque and a commemorative T-shirt provided by Color My Shirt screen printing of Smyrna. Money raised this year will again be sent to the National CMV Registry for research.
Congenital CMV is a virus that can infect expectant mothers. Children born with Congenital CMV develop disabilities and health problems as they grow. It is the No. 1 leading disease infants are born with. Health problems may include, but are not limited to, hearing loss, vision loss, mental disabilities or physical disabilities.
Today, Maximus’ diagnoses include a language disorder, sensory issues, signs of hearing loss and a feeding aversion. His condition is monitored regularly to stay updated on his progress.
Shannon has a passion to raise awareness about the prevention of CMV. She plans to hold the event annually to keep people informed.
“I don’t want another family to go through what we went through. Max’s Miracle Benefit Concert and Bike Ride/Car Show are not to just raise money, but to raise awareness; awareness is most important,” states Shannon in regard to her mission.
Click here to learn more about Max’s Miracle and CMV.