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Symphony helps turn tragedy into triumph

(WMC-TV) – Nineteen-year-old Max Rose died in a car crash in 2009 and this year an organization dedicated to serving others will honor his life through a special performance of arts and culture.

They're from two different worlds. A once homeless man and a mother trying to honor her son's memory will come together with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra to turn tragedy to triumph.

"It doesn't take any money to serve others," said Gayle Rose, the founder of Team Max. "It doesn't take a position in society. All you have to do is show up and do something; it's really easy."

Since the loss of her son Max, Gayle Rose has dedicated her life to serving the Mid-South through Team Max, a service operation honoring his life.

"He really didn't feel alive unless he was serving others," she said.

Patrick Mitchell is a client at the Memphis Union Mission and said while rebuilding his life he connected with Team Max through the bond of tragedy.

"My daughter died in an accident when she was six-years-old," he said.

As a way to celebrate life and service, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will offer a free perform at the Union Mission Opportunity Center as a collection of Max's poems are read.

For one special night, the center will transform into a symphony hall.

The event is already sold out and planners expect the Poplar Avenue center to have standing room only.

"We're going to share the readings between Team Max members and the homeless and even the symphony is going to come forward and read some of these poems," said Rose.

"Sometimes life throws a rock at you and you have to roll with it," said Rose, reading a section from one of her son's poems. "Isn't life wonderful?"

Mitchell's desire is to see the performance become a bridge that brings the communities of Memphis together in love.

"People tend to see Germantown over here and South Memphis over here, but we have common issues," he said. "We have common hurt, but at the same time we all see a common need and we want to help."

The event is invitation only and will be held Tuesday January 3, at 7 p.m. To donate to the Union Mission, click here.

For more information about Team Max, click here.

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