Chief Executive Officer
For more than 20 years, Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer of The Max Foundation has been dedicated to improving the lives of cancer survivors around the world. A native of Argentina, Pat has a master’s degree from the University of Washington and a technical degree in nursing.
Pat is the co-founder of The Max Foundation, started in 1997 in honor of her step-son, Max. Max was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) at the age of 14. He survived until the age of 17, and his legacy lives on in the hearts of thousands of cancer survivors whose lives have been touched by the organization.
Under Pat’s direction since 2005, The Max Foundation is dedicated to increasing global access to treatment, care and support for people living with cancer. To date, the organization has helped more than 75,000 patients in 75 low-and middle-income countries get live-saving cancer medicine. The organization carries out its daily work in partnership with a global network of 450 physicians and 70 patient associations. Pat has played an integral role in expanding access to treatment and diagnostics by developing a robust delivery system to support access solutions.
Pat is an advisor to the CML Advocates Network, the International CML Foundation, and on the Board of the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations. She has been awarded the distinguished Golden Tennis Shoe Award from United States Senator, Patty Murray; the first National Cancer Institute Global Cancer Medicine Humanitarian Award; and the inaugural Emerging Regions Support and Partnership (ERSAP) Prize by the International CML Foundation for her role in leading The Max Foundation, as well as her personal commitment to helping people around the world face cancer with dignity and hope.
Pat lives in Edmonds, Washington, where she is raising her four sons.