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.
"[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