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Pat McMahon

Updated Feb 11, 2013 - 1:14 pm

Today, I just want to talk about a mother

Every day when I share these commentaries with you, it's usually simply to open up possibilities for further thought on some topic of the day.

But today I just want to introduce you to a mom.

Now, technically some would say that she was a mom, the mother of Max Schacknai. Remember, Max was the little 6-year-old boy, who was found at the bottom of that staircase in Coronado, Calif. Days later, the young woman in whose care he was also was found dead.

I'm sure you remember the tragic story and what to some is a continuing mystery, but his mom, Dina, keeps Max very much alive with her creation, Maxie's House. I met Dina last Saturday evening as she introduced a number of us to this new purpose in her life and the life of Max.

Maxie's House is a foundation that concentrates on programs that provide safety measures and protective solutions which specifically benefit shared custody or blended households. These are new concepts that, at last, address the safety, legal and transparency needs of the children of couples who separate.

Are you one of those couples? Do you have a Max? There's valuable help available right now at That's where Dina spends most of her time these days.

She believes Max is there too.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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