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South Ga mom 'pays it forward' to remember her son

A south Georgia mom brought toys to children in the hospital to remember her son. (Source: WALB) A south Georgia mom brought toys to children in the hospital to remember her son. (Source: WALB)
Toy donations have a great impact on the children. (Source: WALB) Toy donations have a great impact on the children. (Source: WALB)
It's been three years since Rocklin lost Max to a rare childhood illness that affects the blood vessels. (Source: WALB) It's been three years since Rocklin lost Max to a rare childhood illness that affects the blood vessels. (Source: WALB)
(Source: Phoebe Putney Hospital) (Source: Phoebe Putney Hospital)
Phoebe's Child Life Specialist Mandy Fagiano (Source: WALB) Phoebe's Child Life Specialist Mandy Fagiano (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A South Georgia mom 'pays it forward,' in memory of her son. 

Maryann Rocklin donated more than 40 Nerf guns to Phoebe Putney Hospital's pediatric unit in celebration of what would have been her son Max's 11th birthday.

It's been three years since Rocklin lost Max to a rare childhood illness that affects the blood vessels.

During Max's stay at Phoebe, Child Life Specialist Mandy Fagiano brightened his day with a Nerf gun. 

She said toy donations have a great impact on the children.

"Just being able to offer those kind of items and just make their stay more normal and kid friendly, it's crazy the kind of impact it has on the children," said Fagiano. 

Rocklin also donated canvases last year so kids could paint and decorate the Pediatric Unit's halls.

She's created a Facebook page called Mighty Max's Pay it Forward in hopes of inspiring others to do the same.

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