Blogs posted by Erin Schwartz
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week in the US, we feel it is an opportunity to let you, our community of friends around the world, know how grateful we are for your enduring support.
This year, we are also grateful for a new friend who has warmed the hearts of thousands of children around the world affected by cancer…our brave sparrow friend, Maximo.
Throughout October, copies of the Maximo and the Big C book were given out by partner organizations to children in schools, pediatric hospital wards, and book stores alike. In the spirit of Thanksgiving we appreciate how Maximo’s story, which is all of our stories, is a reminder about giving back to our global community in order to make the world a better place for ourselves and our children.
Thanks to everyone, friends, volunteers, sponsors, supporters, around the world who has made this magical project possible and so many others! We look forward to more collaboration ahead...
Happy Thanksgiving from MAX!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on November 27, 2013 | Comments: 0
Friends across the United States and beyond may be hearing about a movement called #GivingTuesday taking place on December 3rd. The MAX Foundation is excited to be participating in #GivingTuesday!
What is #GivingTuesday?
On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to create #GivingTuesday. On this day non-profit organizations, like The MAX Foundation, across the US and across the globe will benefit from this collective movement to encourage people to GIVE charity during the holiday season…instead of focusing on material purchases.
And we invite YOU to become part of this great new tradition of generosity by donating to The Max Foundation at www.themaxfoundation.org/donate. (You don't have to wait until December 3rd, you can give today!)
Just click on “Read More” to learn more about what MAX has planned for #GivingTuesday!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on November 25, 2013 | Comments: 0
MAX wishes to share an opportunity for physicians treating CML ~ Apply now for the 2014 iCMLf Clinical Preceptorship Program: http://www.cml-foundation.org/index.php/ersap-preceptorships/236-ersap-call-2014.
The Emerging Regions Support and Partnership (ERSAP) Clinical Preceptorship Program is now open for applications for 2014. The ERSAP Clinical Preceptorship Program is a highly beneficial educational initiative. To date over 80 preceptors from 43 different countries from emerging regions have participated. These intensive preceptorships combine practical experience, one-to-one tuition, seminars and laboratory work. Each visit is tailored to the needs of the individual preceptor.
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Posted by Erin Schwartz on October 28, 2013 | Comments: 0
Being Human – The Salman Khan Foundation & MAX are partnering in an initiative to inspire children affected by cancer in India.
Book by book, story by story, and reading by reading, we are coming together to bring courage to children around the country, in the form of a brave sparrow named Maximo.
An amazing joint campaign is already sweeping throughout India and will carry on throughout October, thanks to the continuing collaboration and partnership between two foundations in the country, Being Human and MAX. Both organizations are aligned with service, social equity, and healthcare at the heart of their missions. And special thanks goes to all the volunteers at Friends of Max who are present to help at each of the events.
Check out the photos of children in India flying high with their copies of Maximo in our campaign photo gallery!
Click 'Read More' to learn more about the Being Human- MAX partnership benefitting children affected by cancer in India.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on October 01, 2013 | Comments: 0
The 2013 Maximize Life Campaign is now launched!!!
As we welcome the start of October, Maximo is already making his way around the world sharing the message: This is OUR Story! Because cancer touches everyone.This October, more than 40 partnering patient associations in 37 countries will be participating in the awareness campaign by hosting local events for children in their community affected by cancer.
Have you met Maximo? Have you read his story? If you haven’t met dear Maximo, our brave little sparrow friend, we invite you to visit the Maximo and the Big C website to read his colorful story. The website also tells his connection to the exciting Maximize Life Global Cancer Campaign which kicks off October 1st.
If you want to see Maximo’s taking flight for yourself, just visit our new campaign photo gallery that is already stocked with photos from several events…and more will be added every day!
Thanks and best wishes to all of our friends around who are flying high with Maximo!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on September 30, 2013 | Comments: 0
Group by group, advocate by advocate, and survivor by survivor, World CML Day is raising awareness about the needs of people living with CML around the world through numerous events being organized by patient associations on all continents on the 22nd of September. World CML Day is honored on September 22nd because 9/22 represents the genetic change of Chromosomes 9 and 22 that is the cause of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Therefore, the date of 9/22 adds symbolic significance to the campaigns.
Complete the survey online!
The MAX Foundation (MAX) will be participating in World CML Day by launching an impact study on the one year anniversary of the launch of the “What is MY PCR?” Campaign (www.whatismypcr.org). Anyone who has benefited from the PCR campaign is encouraged to visit the PCR website to complete the survey. The goal of the survey is to help partnering organizations get information how the PCR campaign has benefitted people around the world living with CML.
Click ‘Read More’ to learn more about how you can take action for World CML Day.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on September 19, 2013 | Comments: 2
The MAX Foundation (MAX) has now posted an archive of the webinar presentation prepared for MAX global advocates by Dr. Michael Mauro of the Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU on the topic of management of Iclusig, the latest TKI approved for CML in the US, created by Ariad.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on April 24, 2013 | Comments: 0
Show your love by sending a Valentine’s Day E-card with the opportunity to make a donation in honor of your loved one! Choose from our collection of Valentine’s Day themed art E-cards, created using artwork from the Colors of Hope Art Collection. All of the heart designed art is from the 2012 art submissions, with paintings by cancer survivors from Latin America to Asia Pacific.
Send your Valentine now!
By sending an E-card, you have the opportunity to donate funds to support diagnostic testing. If you make the gift in someone’s honor, you can then send them a Valentine’s Day E-card to let them know about your gift. Every $50.00 raised will sponsor testing for one patient. Any amount you can contribute will help support access to life-saving treatment.
If you are unable to give funds directly today, please consider sending an E-card to friends and family members who may be interested in supporting the cause.
Thank you, in advance, for helping patients worldwide to achieve early diagnosis, no matter where they live.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on February 12, 2013 | Comments: 0
World Cancer Day is making its way around the world. We have already seen great social media posts from friends near and far as everyone comes together to honor the day and re-commit to our goal of achieving a cancer-free world. The reality is that we need to come together everyday for cancer control!
MAX has received video messages from friends around the world expressing what World Cancer Day means to them. For so many of us, it is a time to show gratitude that we are able to LIVE with dignity with cancer, send our messages of strength to other survivors, and share how we plan to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Watch our MAX video series today! After watching, we encourage you to tweet, Facebook or share directly via YouTube so that these messages are heard across the world!
Click "Read More" to find out how you can take action on World Cancer Day!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on February 04, 2013 | Comments: 0
The Maximize Life Blog is inspired by you, about you, and for you. Each day, we hear stories through survivors, caregivers, friends and coworkers about people rising above a cancer diagnosis and living life to the fullest. We hear about people who are giving of themselves and giving back to their communities. The Maximize Life Blog is a way to share encouraging stories about friends around the world with friends around the world!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on September 08, 2010 | Comments: 40
Some may think of libraries as just quiet reading rooms, but in Pretoria, South Africa, the Maximize Life Tribute Wall is a reminder that libraries are truly learning centers where the community can bond together for a cause like raising awareness of the needs of people living with cancer worldwide.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on October 11, 2010 | Comments: 3
For each of us affected by cancer, the tribute wall of support is a powerful reminder that we are not alone. In fact, waking up each morning we can begin our day by imagining a stadium full of more than 4,000 people clapping and cheering loudly for us in everything we do. More and more people walking into the stadium every day as new support messages are added to the wall.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on October 15, 2010 | Comments: 3
This is your personal invitation to the grand opening of our virtual art exhibit; just click here to see the Colors of Hope Gallery including selected winners from 2010. The artists who have shared their artistic expressions with us all represent courage and depict their own interpretations of what it means to “Maximize Life”. Each piece of art tells its own story, just as each person who lives with cancer has different experiences, thoughts and feelings about their journey.
Maximize your life, as you marvel at this year’s art collection: View Colors of Hope Gallery.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on December 14, 2010 | Comments: 2
Most of you already know Fan, a dear friend of The Max Foundation, a cancer survivor, a patient leader and an artist who lives and works in Malaysia and continues to inspire us daily. In fact, it is his endearing “Brave Sparrow” image which has been featured prominently on our tribute wall, stickers and website as the symbol for the Maximize Life Movement. Today, we bring you Fan’s latest winning creation, a multicolored graphic called “We make it, because we never give up!” Read the full blog story to hear the encouraging message he shares through this new art piece.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on December 20, 2010 | Comments: 2
A video series called the Virtual Education Program, created by the International CML Foundation (iCMLf) in partnership with The Max Foundation, is now available for your viewing. While the webcasts were developed for an audience of physicians treating CML in emerging regions, they may also be a resource for people with CML, no matter where you live. The Virtual Education Program features leading hematologists of the iCMLf, such as Dr. John Goldman and Dr. Tim Hughes, as well as an interview led by our own Pat Garcia-Gonzalez.
Visit the iCMLf website to view the complete video series.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on January 14, 2011 | Comments: 2
On December 23, 2010, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly unanimously adopted a UN Modalities Resolution creating a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) on the global agenda. But this is only the beginning of the work ahead of us to make sure that NCDs, including cancer become a global health priority.
Read on to learn more about how your community can take action to help make cancer a global health priority.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on January 20, 2011 | Comments: 3
World Cancer Day is coming soon, a day when people all across the globe will join together to raise awareness about the need for cancer control. As a cancer survivor or a loved one, you are already honoring World Cancer Day by living your life to the fullest. And on February 4th, a delegation of international patient leaders will be representing all of us by handing over to UICC the 12,000 signatures to the World Cancer Declaration collected during the 2010 Global Cancer Awareness Campaign.
Let’s show our support for people affected by cancer everywhere by wearing our Maximize Life wristbands and getting involved in World Cancer Day, 2011.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on January 27, 2011 | Comments: 7
In honor of World Cancer Day on February 4th, we are so excited to share this year’s Maximize Life video, dedicated to everyone who joined the 2010 Global Cancer Awareness Campaign by adding their names to the World Cancer Declaration and participating in local cancer awareness events. In partnership with 30 patient associations around the world, over 12,000 signatures were collected at 60 community events. Together, we are making our voices heard!
After watching the Maximize Life video, read on for Pat’s World Cancer Day address. And don't forget to wear your wristband!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on February 03, 2011 | Comments: 3
In honor of the International Childhood Cancer Day, the Junior CML Advocates website is being launched! The Junior CML Advocates group is an extension of the CML Advocates Network and the site promises to be an excellent resource for families facing chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). The site will feature news and advocacy updates, information about pediatric CML, as well as newsletters. Organizations and groups around the world are coming together for childhood cancer on February 15th, visit the Junior CML website to read stories about families facing cancer, how they are maximizing their lives and how they are supporting each other.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on February 15, 2011 | Comments: 3
Have you visited The Max Foundation’s Facebook page? Now is the time to LIKE us on Facebook so you can follow all of our posts!
Why should you LIKE us on Facebook? It will enable you to become part of our network and receive updates posted on our Facebook Page. We actively post information on cancer control initiatives worldwide, news articles related to cancer, patient group activities and more. When you LIKE us on Facebook, we also get the chance to engage in an interactive platform, you have the opportunity to send us questions, comments and feedback through Facebook and we can respond on our page.
We look forward to meeting you on Facebook!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on March 23, 2011 | Comments: 1
Friends everywhere, we are pleased to share in this blog the draft report issued today on the outcomes of the June 16th Civil Society Hearing on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) at the United Nations (UN)—and an exciting chance to watch the UN hearing for yourself! Watching the hearing promises to get each of us energized and inspired about all that we can accomplish together.
So read our full blog to learn how you can get involved in making a difference around cancer control in your own country and in the world.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on June 24, 2011 | Comments: 1
Facebook friends, join our new Facebook Group for our "With LOVE in Every Stitch" knit hat collection program benefitting children with cancer worldwide.
We are collecting hand made hats for children receiving cancer treatment in 5 participating hospitals and 4 countries!!! You can touch a child’s life in a very simple and beautiful way! Donate a hat or ask someone you know to help us reach our goal: 600 hats by the end of October!
When you join the Facebook Group, you will be able to learn how to participate in the program, receive updates on our collective progress, and even enjoy our Hat of the Month Feature.
Click here to join our Facebook Group today for With LOVE in Every Stitch!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on July 08, 2011 | Comments: 0
Just today an Open Letter to Heads of State around the world signed by Lance Armstrong of LIVESTRONG was publicly released and we are all invited to add our names! Click here to read the letter and sign on.
Watch the video about why we must stop the worldwide cancer epidemic, add your name and then use the given template to encourage friends and family to join our cause.
Sign for yourself. Sign for your mother, father, sister, child. Sign for all of us.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on July 11, 2011 | Comments: 4
At a Special Session during the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative meeting called “Addressing Cancer in the Developing World: Health Equity and an Overlooked Public Health Crisis” leaders in the arena of cancer control came together for an open discussion. As we approach the September High Level Summit meeting all about non communicable diseases (NCDs) including cancer, you may be interested in watching this video session that gives more background on why it is so important for the world to address the cancer epidemic today.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on July 13, 2011 | Comments: 0
Friends around the world, together we have reached an amazing milestone for our collection of signatures in support of the World Cancer Declaration! More than 20,000 people have added their names through The Max Foundation's website in support of this important declaration that will be presented to world leaders at the United Nations High Level Meeting about cancer control and other non communicable diseases (NCDs) in September.
If you have not yet signed, it isn’t too late: click here to sign!
Read on to find out which countries have collected the most!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on July 18, 2011 | Comments: 2
We are so excited!!!!!!! Aren’t you excited? Let’s all get excited for the 2011 “Kids can rise above cancer too” campaign!
Have you seen the adorable new Maximize Life logos all over our website? Now, our favorite Brave Sparrow has a family! And this Brave Sparrow family represents all of us and all of our children. And it especially represents children facing cancer around the world.
Read our new Project Features to learn more about how you, your patient associations and your local cancer support organizations can come together by hosting Celebrations of Life events that directly benefit kids with cancer. By joining together, we can ensure that children CAN AND WILL survive cancer, no matter where they live!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on July 27, 2011 | Comments: 2
Is your country’s leader going to be at the UN High Level Summit on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) September 19th and 20th? With only 18 days before the summit, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released this video to remind people everywhere about the importance of stopping NCDs like cancer in its tracks.
Please feel free to re-post this video clip on your local patient association’s website to spread this message around the world! Click on the full story for links to the video in various languages.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on August 31, 2011 | Comments: 1
LiveStrong’s report called “Delivering Hope: Cancer Care in the Developing World” was just released to the world in time for the upcoming High Level Summit meeting on NCDs at the United Nations.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on September 09, 2011 | Comments: 2
On September 19th and 20th, world leaders, Ministries of Health and policy makers came together at the United Nations (UN) to adopt a Political Declaration on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) including cancer, establishing them as a global health priority—and The Max Foundation was there to represent cancer survivors and supporters everywhere. The 500,000+ signatures in support of the World Cancer Declaration presented at the Summit included yours! Being at the UN General Assembly, among friends from other determined NGOs, was an amazing privilege and meant everything because we carried you with us every step of the way.
Thanks to each of you for enthusiastically supporting the World Cancer Declaration and for motivating our collective efforts to stop the epidemic of cancer and other NCDs!
Be sure to Read More and click through the Photo Gallery to see all of our photographs from the Summit.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on September 21, 2011 | Comments: 5
Last week, Pat and I had the opportunity to be part of a symposium organized by the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries. The group’s name has a lot of words and a lot of brain power! Orchestrated as part of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, this group aims to bring together great minds in the world of cancer medicine, economics and advocacy in order to achieve global cancer control from your region to mine. Be sure to check out the video clips of Pat and Lance Armstrong from the symposium and also follow the link to the group's report on "Closing the Cancer Divide".
Posted by Erin Schwartz on November 02, 2011 | Comments: 1
At ASH 2011, the iCMLf in partnership with The Max Foundation will hold its annual “Forum on CML Management in Emerging Regions & Update of the Virtual Education Program" Event for physicians treating CML in emerging market countries. All physicians are attending ASH are invited! Click on READ MORE to see how to RSVP.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on November 03, 2011 | Comments: 0
Each year, the American Society for Hematology (ASH) meeting is full of exciting news for cancer survivors. In 2011, thousands of physicians came together in San Diego to exchange information about promising studies and statistics. And each year, we at The Max Foundation turn to our friends from the CML Advocates Network to help us digest and interpret all of the exciting findings. So, once again, we give thanks to Jan Geissler and Giora Sharf for their report on ASH outcomes related to CML, presented from the patient perspective. Click here for their full report.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on January 05, 2012 | Comments: 0
José Carreras is a world famous Spanish opera singer who gained fame as one of The Three Tenors, singing alongside Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. While you may be familiar with his voice, you may not know his story. In this personal video conversation with the esteemed Professor Tariq Mughal, we hear from tenor José Carreras, telling his story about his diagnosis with leukemia, his odds of survival and how he managed to get the care and support he needed to beat his cancer and go on to become a true advocate in the field of cancer control.
The video called "Living with Leukemia: A conversation between José Carreras and Professor Tariq Mughal" has been shared courtesy of Professor Mughal, a leading oncologist in the field of leukemia thanks to his organization, the Alpine Oncology Foundation.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on January 09, 2012 | Comments: 2
Families supporting a child diagnosed with CML may have specific pediatric issues to keep in mind that come up which are distinct from adult issues, but the CML advocates stands by your side. Parental concerns may vary from how best to help a child be adherent to his or her medication to how such medications affect children long term. The CML Advocates Network has a section of their website focusing on Junior CML Advocates which can be a resource and a forum for expressing your questions and concerns. The Max Foundation, the CML Advocates Network and the International CML Foundation all wish to support families facing pediatric CML, so please let us hear from you if we can help in any way.
Click READ MORE to learn more about resources for families facing pediatric CML.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on January 16, 2012 | Comments: 0
February 4th was the 2012 World Cancer Day and many of our affiliated patient groups around the world participated by hosting awareness events. This blog is a compilation highlighting events in Patna and Kochi, India and in Johannesburg, South Africa; as told from the perspective of our dear MaxStations. The themes and activities varied at each of the wonderful events, but the clear message was: TOGETHER WE CAN RISE ABOVE CANCER!
Click on Read More to go to our website and flip through the photo gallery of images from around the world.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on February 09, 2012 | Comments: 1
The iCMLf’s March 2012 Newsletter has just been released. It can be downloaded here: http://www.cml-foundation.org/documents-and-files/doc_download/83-icmlf-newsletter-may-2012-no-5. To get the newsletters directly, sign up here: http://www.cml-foundation.org/newsletters.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on March 22, 2012 | Comments: 0
The Max Foundation, an original member of Alianza GIST, joined the third annual meeting of the coalition at the end of March and came together with advocates from across Latin America to bolster support and advocacy for GIST patients within the region. The meeting included representatives from 12 countries and touched on how to improve education, training and support for the GIST community.
Click ‘Read More’ to learn more about the strategic planning that was accomplished, for information on regional resources, and to see the photo gallery. Thanks to the Life Raft Group for putting together the press release!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on April 11, 2012 | Comments: 1
The MAX Foundation and Life Raft Group co-organized a GIST Physician Forum during the time of ASCO 2012 that was presented by the Global GIST Network. The meeting drew physicians from many countries as they discussed best practices for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) and convened a panel to discuss GIST case studies. Panelists included Dr. Dennis Tudtud, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (Cebu City, Philippines); Dr. Matías Chacón, Instituto Alexander Fleming (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Dr. Yoon-Koo Kang, Asan Medical Center (Seoul, South Korea); and Dr. Jonathan Trent, Sylvester Cancer Center (Miami, USA).
Click on ‘Read More’ for the joint press release that encapsulates some of the key take-aways from the event.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on July 03, 2012 | Comments: 0
A reminder for physicians of the Call for Abstracts presented by the International CML Foundation (iCMLf), due August 31st.
The iCMLf is inviting physicians from emerging economic regions to submit abstracts outlining the successful implementation of projects that have improved their management of CML. Selected abstracts will be awarded an iCMLf grant of up to US$5,000. The deadline for abstract submission is the 31st August 2012.
Further instructions how to submit the abstract and which information needs to be supplied can be found here:
Please click on ‘Read More’ for the iCMLf’s full announcement.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on August 09, 2012 | Comments: 0
To mark their upcoming Leo birthdays, Pat, Executive Director of The MAX Foundation (MAX) and Viji, Country Head for India have decided on a special birthday wish: that we will support their cause by donating to MAX! They are dedicating their birthday wishes to MAX; asking friends, supporters, and loved ones to give to the organization on their behalf.
Friends (US and international) who wish to honor Pat and Viji with a gift please click here to give to MAX!
The goal is to raise $1,000.00 by Monday (since their birthdays are Saturday and Sunday)! We can do it for them!!! Let's make it a big birthday weekend for the Leo ladies by making their wishes come true!
Happy birthday Pat & Viji on behalf of all your friends around the world!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on July 25, 2012 | Comments: 8
Patient advocate leaders, check out the "What is MY PCR?" website launching today and find out how your group can join as a Partner in the "What is MY PCR?" campaign.
"What is MY PCR?" is a patient driven initiative led by a coalition of CML-focused organizations who are Partners in the campaign, raising awareness about the importance of CML treatment monitoring. Every CML group around the world is invited to become a Partner and join the coalition.
Please contact us to add your group to the list of Partners and order FREE "What is MY PCR?" buttons to hand out to patients and physicians in your home country. As well, any group is welcome to use the campaign materials as a way to encourage discussion around the benefits of PCR.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on August 01, 2012 | Comments: 1
Today, October 1st marks the official beginning of the 2012 Global Cancer Awareness Campaign with the theme of Stomp Out Cancer! Groups around the world have already activated the fun! In Mexico, the local patient group had a workshop that included a yoga class as part of their disease education program and, on the other side of the globe; friends gathered in Yalta, Ukraine took to the streets with their Stomp T-Shirts for a run through town followed by a lecture on nutrition for people living with cancer. And this is only the beginning of the action. In total, 25 patient assoications will be participating in this year’s campaign through events that promote exercise and healthy lifestyle education!
Check out the Stomp Out Cancer event map that has now been posted on our website to learn what groups are doing to raise awareness about the importance of healthy living. Fellow Stompers, please add your updates, photos and comments to the MAX Facebook Page for everyone to see!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on October 01, 2012 | Comments: 1
Our earlier blog post detailed the MaxSmiles group’s recent meeting to commemorate 9/22, Stomp Out Cancer, and the “What is MY PCR?" campaign in Bangkok, Thailand.
Now, is your chance to 'Read More' for details about their generous “Give Back” community outreach project, inlcuding an especially memorable story about one member, Grandma Chok, and the effort that she went to so she could participate in this project without actually being present. The celebration featured an educational workshop from knowledgeable physicians and mindfulness practice led by a Buddhist Monk, as well as a way for MaxSmiles members to give back to their community.
Thank you to Grandma Chok and all the MaxSmiles members who participated in the “Give Back” project!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on October 22, 2012 | Comments: 0
Our friends at the International CML Foundation (iCMLf) have now opened the 2013 ERSAP Clinical Preceptorship Program for applications. Physicians treating CML in low-and-middle-income-countries are encouraged to apply. English, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish preceptorships now available. Applications close on the 17th December 2012.
The application form, the program brochure and more information about the ERSAP Preceptorship Program can be found on the iCMLf website.
Click 'Read More' for their full announcement.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on October 15, 2012 | Comments: 0
As a part of the Stomp Out Cancer campaign, our patient group in the Philippines, Touched By Max (TBM), recently held an exciting “Bike for Life” event.
As the photos illustrate, the bikers made a big impression with their bright blue Stomp Out Cancer shirts and hats, along with their Maximize Life wristbands—letting everyone know about the campaign to Stomp Out Cancer!
Read the full post to learn about the group member whose healthy lifestyle inspired the event, as well as the group’s contribution to their local community. Way to go Touched by Max!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on October 31, 2012 | Comments: 1
November is a favorite time of year because it is when we launch our yearly art exhibit in the Colors of Hope Art Gallery! The quality of year's art collection is phenomenal, and reading the personal messages from the artists makes going to the gallery an even more profound experience.
For 2012, we received 141 art entries from 18 countries. It was incredibly difficult to select this year’s Regional Winners and Country Honorable Mentions, but at last we are ready to announce the winners! To find out the Regional Winners and Country Honorable Mentions for 2012 and to see all of the incredibly colorful entries, visit the gallery today.
Click here to go to the Colors of Hope Gallery
We look forward to hearing your impressions of the art, so leave a comment in the gallery or send us your blog comments.
Enjoy the gallery!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on November 05, 2012 | Comments: 1
This October, patients in Nepal celebrated Stomp Out Cancer in collaboration with the Blood Cancer Society and Patan Hospital. Read more to see how 100 participants gathered for a day of education and action to raise awareness on cancer prevention, featuring a walk to raise awareness about cancer prevention in their community.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on November 14, 2012 | Comments: 1
On October 20th, two patient groups-- in two different parts of the world-- were moving to the beat of the same music. They danced ZUMBA to Stomp Out Cancer!
Read more to learn to hear about the events in both Nicaragua and the Philippines, where patient groups held invigorating events to get their members up, exercising, and having fun as they tried the newest fitness craze—ZUMBA! After the Zumba workout, Nicaragua group members listened to a motivational speech. In the Philippines, group members participated in an interactive game modeled after “The Amazing Race” television show that paired patients and caregivers together to answer questions related to CML.
Both groups concluded their day with birthday cake in honor of Max’s birthday. We believe that he would be happy to have inspired such joyful activities! Way to go Alas de Vida and Touched by Max for planning such fun, interactive events, and for equipping your groups with new skills to enjoy living a healthy life!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on November 16, 2012 | Comments: 2
This is the second in a series of four blog posts that tell the stories of the amazing paintings that was selected as a Regional Winner in our annual Maximize Life Art Project.
Today’s painting is entitled “A Country Through Water”, by Carlos Armando Granados. Carlos’ painting was partially inspired by his native country of Columbia. Carlos says, “I wanted to do a monochromatic drawing using blue, it’s always blue sky, and surrounded by blue (water)…One day I asked my father what is color blue, he said ‘Blue is the sky, blue is Colombia.’” Read more to learn about his perseverance in the face of a cancer diagnosis, and his powerful message to fellow survivors.
Congratulations Carlos, on winning this year’s Maximize Life Art Project contest, on winning your courageous battle against cancer, and on your winning message of survival to fellow cancer survivors. Visit Carlos’s painting and other amazing entries in the Colors of Hope Gallery.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on November 28, 2012 | Comments: 0
This is the final post in a series of four blog posts that tell the stories of the amazing paintings that won this year’s the Maximize Life Art Project.
The final winner is Tatiana from Moldova, and her drawing is entitled “Planting Hope.” Though her drawing, Tatiana reveals how her sense of hope was restored through high-quality medical treatment. She says, “My artwork is a symbol of hope that my country’s Medical Care has given me. This stage was soon replaced by light and serenity, as the doctors told me that I will make it, providing the right medicine for me. Now I feel fulfilled, as my disease has been disappearing as days went by.”
Congratulations to Tatiana on her many accomplishments, including winning this year’s Maximize Life Art Project! Visit Tatiana’s painting, “Planting Hope” in the Colors of Hope Gallery.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on December 04, 2012 | Comments: 0
Choose from our gallery of art E-cards, created from artwork collected through the Maximize Life Art Project to send your holiday greetings. By sending an E-card, you have the opportunity to donate funds to support live-saving diagnostic testing. If you make the gift in someone’s honor, you can then send them an E-card to let them know about your gift. If you are unable to give funds directly today, please consider sending an E-card to friends and family members who may be interested in supporting the cause.
The goal of this year’s annual campaign is to raise funds to help people get diagnostic testing. Every $50.00 raised will sponsor testing for one patient. Any amount you can contribute will help support access to life-saving treatment.
Thank you, in advance, for helping patients worldwide to achieve early diagnosis, no matter where they live. Happy holidays to all!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on December 18, 2012 | Comments: 0
The '2012 edition' of the iCMLf Virtual Education Program (VEP), developed in partnership with The MAX Foundation, was launched at the iCMLf Forum at ASH 2012 in Atlanta and is now available online.
All modules are available here (2012, 2011 and 2010)
The eLearning program offers educational presentations by leading CML experts. The webcasts address practical aspects of the management of CML, e.g. first line treatment, managing resistance, treatment of advanced phase CML, molecular monitoring and mutation testing, bone marrow transplant, etc. VEP updates for this year include video presentations by doctors Jane Apperley, Delphine Réa and Jorge Cortes in English, French and Spanish.
Posted by Erin Schwartz on December 21, 2012 | Comments: 0
Dear friends around the world,
It is not too late to give: Donate today!
As we prepare to welcome the New Year, please help us to make 2013 the year that enables friends in need to receive an early diagnosis. By supporting this year's MAX Giving Campaign, you are making it possible for people around the world to access diagnostic testing that can save lives. For each $50.00 raised, a patient will be able to get the diagnostic test they need through MAX.
Looking forward to a year of health and wellness for friends everywhere. Please join us in making this possible for people with cancer, no matter where they live.
Happy New Year,
Your friends at MAX
Posted by Erin Schwartz on December 31, 2012 | Comments: 1
Each year during the American Society of Hematology (ASH) congress, our friends at the CML Advocates Network, Jan Geissler and Giora Sharf diligently attend as many CML related sessions as possible. As a team, they take down notes and then compile their thoughts in a report shared among the CML community.
Their informative 2012 ASH report can be accessed by following this link: http://www.cmladvocates.net/news/3-news/newsflash/220-ash2012-report.
Thanks to other advocates within the community, the report has already been translated into German, Russian, Hebrew and Chinese. Once you click on the link to the full report at the CML Advocates website, the links to the translated reports can be found on the right hand side of the page. The community welcomes translations of the report into as many languages as possible, so feel free to reach out to them if you wish to help.
Thanks to Jan and Giora, for their insights and commitment to information sharing!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on January 16, 2013 | Comments: 0
In honor of World Cancer Day 2013, MAX is excited to present a collection of more than 85 personal video messages featuring MAX team members, patient leaders, friends, and cancer survivors around the world answering: “What does World Cancer Day mean to you?”
Click here to visit the MAX YouTube Channel to view the video collection!
Please take a few minutes on February 4th to listen to our messages and, if you are inspired, we invite you to submit your own entry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to raise even more awareness around the need for global cancer control, feel free to post and share these video on your Facebook page and through Twitter!
Posted by Erin Schwartz on February 05, 2013 | Comments: 0