People in the town of Flower Mound are mourning the death of a teenager who they said touched more lives in his 17 short years than most people do in a lifetime.
Max Schwolert died just days after Christmas while visiting relatives in Wisconsin. He went sledding with his family and within a week he was gone.
"He just started having flu-like symptoms and then the early morning of the 26th he had severe fever and chills," said Michelle Schwolert, his aunt. "It all happened very, very, very quickly."
According to doctors, the flu season began about six weeks earlier this year and is landing more people than usual in the hospital.
"Last year's strains were milder compared to this year's strains. We're expecting a more severe season this year," said Dr. Pranavi Sreeramoju with Parkland Hospital.
They are still encouraging people to get a flu shot because the peak of the season may be as late as February.
A memorial for Schwolert continues to grow outside Faith Lutheran Church where he taught Sunday school. Friends there described him as a model teenager.
His family is asking people to "Love to the Max" and to remember that life is short. It can end unexpectedly at any time.
"I see what a miracle this has been and how God's been using him to spread the word of his love and to have faith even through the toughest times," his aunt said.
There will be a memorial service and funeral this weekend. Visit www.faithchangeseverything.com for more information and to make donations.
KDFW FOX 4
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