It is ironic that Diary of A Wimpy Kid is one of Max Necklen's favourite books.

The 11-year-old is anything but a wimpy kid after beating leukaemia - and he has hundreds of cancer beads to prove it.

The Otumoetai Intermediate student was only a toddler in the terrible twos when he was diagnosed.

His mum and dad, Alicia and Dan, were devastated when they were given the diagnosis no parent wanted to hear.

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"[We were told], 'so Max has got leukaemia' and we were like, 'what?'" Alicia said.

"It was a total shock."

She never suspected cancer when Max