A year ago this week, Max Page—known to ad geeks as the 8-year-old actor who played Little Vader in Volkswagen's 2011 Super Bowl ad—had open-heart surgery for a congenital heart defect.
Max Page, the 7-year-old who played Little Vader in Volkswagen's hugely popular 2011 Super Bowl spot, will undergo open-heart surgery Wednesday for a congenital heart defect, according to a note from ad agency Deutsch. His mother told the Today show in an interview after the ad first aired that he was diagnosed with the condition when he was an infant and normally uses a pacemaker. The procedure tomorrow will replace his pulmonary valve and fix a hole in his heart, says the agency, which is helping Page—through his work as an ambassador for the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles—raise money to support other children with heart problems. He's scared but remaining admirably positive, according to a note from his mother, passed along by the agency. Read the full letter after the jump—and if you want to donate, click here. (Pictured above: Max with Lance Acord, who directed VW's "The Force" spot for Deutsch.)