Maxwell John Pardington died on June 10, 2014 from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy otherwise known as an enlarged heart. His death was extremely unexpected, as Max was exceptionally healthy and fit. Frustrated that one quick, easy procedure could have assisted in spotting this defect in his heart and kept him alive, the Pardington family started this foundation to spread awareness and save other students by raising money to offer free Healthy Heart Checks to students. Since there are typically no outward signs or symptoms to indicate an issue with the heart, most physicians and coaches do not push for- or even discuss- getting an echocardiogram or EKG prior to athletic participation; two extremely simple and quick tests that could mean the difference between life and death.


  • The number one goal is to spread awareness to all student athletes and their families about Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, otherwise known as “athlete’s heart”.

  • The second goal is raising money to provide free echocardiograms and electrocardiograms through Beaumont Hospitals “Healthy Heart Check” program to high school student athletes.

  • Lastly, this foundation was created to remind ourselves how precious life is and to seek out the big adventures in our lives. Max lived his life this way and it is the legacy he leaves behind.

In all you do, Live Like Max.


LiveLikeMax is personal for PARDINGTON COLLECTIVE owner, Claire Pardington, as it was her little brother whose devastating passing led to the start of this foundation.

Every collection, her team and collaboraters create at least one original work of any creative medium where 100% of the proceeds go to the LiveLikeMax Foundation.

Images of our Fall 2023 item & information on how to purchase coming soon.



Maxwell John Pardington was born September 14, 1993. From the very beginning, Max sought out different life experiences. His interests ranged from traveling worldwide, to delving into deep thought on various life topics with loved ones around a bonfire in Traverse City, Michigan. Max always found ways to make life more interesting. Although he enjoyed being a homebody surrounded by his family, he was eager to join in on exciting trips and adventures- such as attending the Coachella music festival, flying to New York City to watch a hockey game, going to LA to surf, or fishing and hunting in various parts of the world with his dad and brother. It is because of this lust for life the foundation was named "Live Like Max"- a reminder to live life to its fullest.

Another one of Max’s passions was leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Max worked out at least six times a week and was always looking for ways to push his physical boundaries. At age 18, Max completed a tough mudder and most recently, prior to his death, was training for an upcoming Iron Man in August 2014. It was upon training for this Iron Man that his "enlarged heart" was triggered- racing to the point that his heart was no longer functioning. With little blood, if any, getting to his brain, Max fell asleep and never woke up.

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