'Seven forever' Hundreds gather to celebrate the life of Kansas boy

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BURDEN, Kan. (KAKE) -

Seven-year-old Max Henderson, of Winfield, died last weekend after a pony he was riding flipped on top of him at the family's rural home. 

Max's parents say he was "rodeo to the core." That's why his funeral was at the Burden Rodeo Arena Thursday. 

"Man, mom, I wish I could be seven forever," recalls Max's mom, Missi Henderson. 

Missi and Shane say their son always knew he wouldn't be on this earth for very long. 

"He was always very, very vocal about how he never wanted to be here without us," says Missi. 

The family and hundreds of friends gathered to celebrate Max Thursday. 

"God. He needed him back. He wouldn't have given him to us if he didn't know we were strong enough to give him back. We'd do this 10 times 
over if we'd get the time with him again," says his mom. 

She says Max was as tough as nails. but he was also gentle and kind. 

"I had a friend tell me that the reason you all had a blonde haired, blue eyed kid is because he was an angel," says Missi.

His parents say if you didn't know Max, you were missing out.

"You missed out on a funny, and fun and so sweet...you missed out on a lot," she says."

"A lot of people tell me he was the best kid I ever knew. He was the best person I ever knew," says his dad.

Max was a second grader at Country View Elementary and he also leaves behind a younger brother. Max was buried at Rose Valley Cemetery.

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