Max Page, best known as the “Darth Vader Kid,” is lobbying Congress at just 12 years old.
Max starred in the beloved 2011 Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial in which he dressed as Darth Vader and tried to summon the power of the force to make objects work without touching them, like in the Star Wars movies.
But just months after his commercial, he needed life-saving surgery to help fix a congenital heart defect. It was just one of the 12 heart surgeries and procedures he's undergone at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) since he was 3 months old.
This week, he and his family met with members of Congress about the pending healthcare bill so that he could lobby on behalf of sick children across the country. Page represented CHLA during the trip.
"It is definitely a very big responsibility," he told Inside Edition, "but it is near and dear to my heart obviously."
Among the members of Congress, he met with Adam Schiff of California, who told him: "The fact that you are willing to come up here is the help that I need."
“The fact that you are willing to come up here is the help that I need," Shiff told Page.