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Last month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the hematology team at Hospital Ampang held a Hematology Day. This event featured a wide variety of games, activities, and educational opportunities for cancer survivors and caregivers. The Malaysian Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology (MASPHO) held a meeting at the same time. Max Family, our affiliate patient support group in Malaysia, happily joined both events!
Laura from The MAX Foundation Malaysia office tells us more about MAX’s involvement with these two groups in Malaysia.
Posted by Guest Blogger on October 24, 2013 | Comments: 1
MaxSmiles, our friends in Thailand, recently organized an educational session and support group for people living with Multiple Myeloma in Bangkok. Piyapong, one of our MAXstations in Thailand who helped to organize the event, is our Guest Blogger telling us more about this event and the exciting work MAX global advocates are doing all around the world!
Posted by Guest Blogger on July 25, 2013 | Comments: 0
We are pleased to introduce you to a knitting and crocheting group in Mt. Vernon, Washington that participates in “With LOVE in Every Stitch”, a MAX project whereby hats are made for children going through cancer treatment in low and middle income countries. We spoke with Martha, a member of the group, which is one of our most prolific in hat making. Since they began contributing to “With Love in Every Stitch”, Martha and her friends have donated over 80 hats to this cause!
Read on to hear more about this group and to learn how you can send your hats to The MAX Foundation for children facing cancer around the world.
Posted by Guest Blogger on March 28, 2013 | Comments: 0
Touched By Max (TBM) is a patient group that works very closely with our MaxStation in the Philippines to address the biological and psychosocial needs of CML and GIST patients and their families. In honor of National Cancer Awareness Week in January, the TBM team organized a trip to visit to The Reception Study Center for Children (RSCC), which is a state run orphanage for young children who have either lost a their parents due to illness or have been abandoned. The group brought donations of children’s clothing and fabric softeners in an effort to support the orphanage and learn more about the needs of parentless children in the Philippines.
Click 'Read More' to go to the blog written by Rod, the President of Touched By Max, as he tells about his experience visiting The Reception Study Center for Children, a state run orphanage for abandoned children.
Posted by Guest Blogger on February 15, 2013 | Comments: 0
On September 27th, a group of enthusiastic college students in the Philippines rose to their professor’s call to action to put together a blood drive for the benefit people living with leukemia. And the result was an amazing accomplishment! The success of the event was not only the outcome of the blood donations which will be made available to people living with leukemia in their community, it was also the process of doing the activity which unified the class and has motivated them to keep giving back to their community. The experience also inspired an outpouring of written expressions about the event from the student body themselves. This student’s account is just one of the numerous blog entries we received from the class, along with some of their comments about what the bloodletting activity meant to them.
Posted by Guest Blogger on October 05, 2010 | Comments: 58
At the Toluca Stadium, while a football match was raging inside the arena; our team was winning outside the stadium by collecting signatures to the World Cancer Declaration.
Posted by Guest Blogger on November 04, 2010 | Comments: 3
From September 24th-26th, the ESH-iCMLf Conference on Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) held in Washington, D.C. brought together over 400 CML experts from all across the world. The forum addressed the biological mechanisms of the disease and treatment, as well as news from clinical trials with third generation therapies. Read the complete blog entry for a selection of highlights from the meeting, as recollected by our Guest Blogger, advocate and CML survivor, Jan Geissler.
Posted by Guest Blogger on November 10, 2010 | Comments: 6
Smiles were seen far and wide on the faces of Touched By Max participants showing their gratitude for treatment access in an original way: with handmade hats! The “Hats Off” celebration in Manila was a way for everyone to creatively and personally express their appreciation for life. This story is presented by Nelia Medina, our Guest Blogger and MaxStation in the Philippines.
Click on Read More to get to the full story to see our Photo Gallery with all the colorful hats; yet another way people living with cancer are Maximizing Life!
Posted by Guest Blogger on March 03, 2011 | Comments: 3
“You started it. We will not rest until your dream to find a cure is realized.” says Isadora Sharp, the Director of the Terry Fox Run. The quote summarizes nicely the run that began with a man running across Canada to raise money for cancer research and is now an international phenomenon. The Friends of Max patient group in Mumbai joins enthusiastically every year and today, we hear about the event through the eyes of Sudha, one of our MaxStations in India.
Click on Read More to see the full gallery of photos from the Terry Fox Run!
Posted by Guest Blogger on March 31, 2011 | Comments: 2
In a recent blog comment, Kenyan patient leader Francis Kariuki shared with us his personal message for world leaders on the topic of cancer control. His message was so powerful and inspiring that we asked if it could be shared with all of you in a blog of its own. We send our thanks to dear Francis; your words remind us why we need to take action immediately!
Click on ‘Read More’ for Francis’ poignant message on behalf of Kenya and beyond.
Posted by Guest Blogger on August 01, 2011 | Comments: 0
Our newest MaxStation in the Philippines, Milagros is our Guest Blogger today, as she had the pleasure of attending the opening of the Maximize Life Art Gallery. The art exhibit in Manila is a wonderful example of a community based partnership created to help raise awareness about cancer locally. We congratulate the local patient group Touched by Max on all their efforts to make this colorful art show possible.
Be sure to click through our photo gallery to see all the pictures!
Posted by Guest Blogger on September 14, 2011 | Comments: 3
The Celebration of Life known as the “October Event” just took place in Thailand, leaving the MaxSmiles patient group members full of happiness and contentment. With a theme like “Simply, easy and make it feel like home”—of course it was a warm and wonderful celebration! Our report on their event comes from Guest Blogger, Wirat, one of our MaxStations in Thailand who works closely with MaxSmiles. In this blog entry, Wirat shares all of the thoughtful touches that went into making the Celebration of Life in Bangkok a heartwarming success.
Be sure to click on the photo gallery to see all the great pictures from the day!
Posted by Guest Blogger on October 10, 2011 | Comments: 2
Our Guest Blogger today is Wirat, one of our MaxStations in Thailand who works closely with the local patient group in Vietnam called Max’s Vie. In this blog, Wirat shares a wonderful example of how a small group, such as Max's Vie came together, recruited more volunteers from the community and made children's dreams come true for a whole afternoon. This event unleashed love and creativity among volunteers and beneficieries in a children's hospital in Vietnam.
Read the story and view all the photos ofchildren smiling brightly and get ideas about how your group can go far in improving the lives of children and their families facing cancer.
Posted by Guest Blogger on October 24, 2011 | Comments: 0
For many years now, we have invited friends, survivors and artists from around the world to join our Maximize Life Art Project. We have been amazed by the entries from year to year. This year, the collection of art from India was especially strong. The Friends of Max patient association in India who submits artworks, also has the wonderful tradition of making calendars each year which feature 12 art pieces. What follows is a blog entry from one of our MaxStations, Melissa, in Mumbai who shares the behind-the-scenes insights about coordinating the art project alongside Friends of Max.
Be sure to click on the website link to go the photo gallery, which has photos showing ideas about how your group can maximize artwork in your home country.
Posted by Guest Blogger on November 01, 2011 | Comments: 1
Here we highlight a Celebration of Life event held in El Salvador, in Central America. Around the world, the growth of patient groups tells an intriguingly similar and equally inspiring story. People who first come together to find support from others for their own hardships, soon turn their vision outward to the greater community to bring comfort and support to others. Amor a la Vida, Love to Life, is one such group. This year they first created a nurturing space for children within a hospital unit geared to adults, then furnished a children’s library and play space to keep expanding the minds of young patients, Along the way, they teach us all how to expand our vision.
Posted by Guest Blogger on November 09, 2011 | Comments: 2
Today we are excited to feature the story about Ploy’s art, our Regional Winner for Asia, representing Thailand. Ploy is the sister of a leukemia survivor and we have known her and her brother for several years. In fact, many of you may remember meeting her family in our “Colors of Hope” book. In this blog, Ploy’s story is told to us by Wasan Wasinprasert, one of our devoted MaxStations in Bangkok. He shares that Ploy’s artwork reflects her experience as it shows that when our bodies and minds are strong and healthy, there is nothing we need to be afraid of.
Posted by Guest Blogger on November 11, 2011 | Comments: 1
We are always excited to receive reports of the Celebrations of Life throughout the world, and this report from Pakistan offers an even closer view into the lives and hopes of young people there. This year, our MaxStation Salim invited 30 A level senior students to help him make a difference in the lives of some very young children facing very big challenges at the Children Cancer Hospital in Karachi. The hospital is a project of the Children Cancer Foundation whose motto is, “Charity with Dignity! - … to provide timely diagnosis and quality treatment to all the children suffering from childhood cancer irrespective of their paying ability.”
Posted by Guest Blogger on November 17, 2011 | Comments: 2
Today we hear from Heather, a cancer survivor in Durban, South Africa. She is a quilter and her colorful art piece was selected in the 2011 Maximize Life Art Project as the Africa Regional Winner. In her own words, we hear from Heather about the deep symbolic meaning conveyed through her artwork, as well as how both her community and her quilting helped her to live with cancer.
Posted by Guest Blogger on November 30, 2011 | Comments: 6
World Cancer Day in Guatemala included not only a meeting for patients, it also marked the formation of a new cancer coalition. The newly formed Union Guatemalteca Contra el Cancer (UGCC) is a coalition of 10 organizations which works against cancer in Guatemala. UGCC is working to strengthen the coalition and inviting other organizations to join, while learning to find the proper way to influence law makers to help with this cause. Does your local patient group already collaborate with other cancer support organizations? Are you interested in forming a national coalition?
Click 'READ MORE' to learn about the unified cancer control efforts in Guatemala.
Posted by Guest Blogger on February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0
In the fight against cancer, it can often be overwhelming, both to patients and advocates, when we look at all that needs to be done. When this happens it helps to remember how important each small act is, and that each of those acts truly makes a difference. The need for support is especially crucial when a patient is out of their element, such as when they are living in another country.
As an international patient advocacy organization, our MaxStations (also known as patient advocates) around the world form the backbone of our efforts to expand access to cancer treatment for all. It is through their outstanding efforts and collaboration with local patient groups, in big ways and small, that together we make an impact within communities.
We would like to share a wonderful story from one of our patient advocates in Thailand that reminds us all of the importance of reaching out to those in need.
Posted by Guest Blogger on April 03, 2012 | Comments: 2
One great way to stay healthy and prevent cancer is to exercise! Research shows that exercise can prevent several types of cancer and help fight others. According to the Stanford Cancer Center, regular physical activity can:
- Reduce anxiety or depression
- Reduce fatigue
- Reduce pain
- Increase overall physical functioning
- Improve self-esteem
A walk or march is a fantastic way to promote exercise and healthy habits while raising awareness. Today we have a story from Nelia, a patient advocate in the Philippines. One of our affiliated patient groups, Touched by Max, recently organized a walk for life in Manila and Nelia was kind enough to share this story with us.
Posted by Guest Blogger on April 18, 2012 | Comments: 3
Today’s blog comes from our MaxStation in the Philippines, Nelia, who works closely with Touched by Max, the local patient support group dedicated to helping people living with CML and GIST. Touched by Max recently helped put together another successful blood drive, an activity they take on at least once a year. This year, they formed some new partnerships and had an opportunity to spread the word about cancer advocacy in the process, and we are only too happy to share the news of their success with you!
As always, if this idea inspires you, please send your blog comment to us so we can provide guidance on how to start a blood drive in your part of the world.
Posted by Guest Blogger on May 08, 2012 | Comments: 1
Touched by Max, a patient group in the Philippines has just been registered as a Social Welfare & Development Agency in the country! This is a certification in the Philippines that will accord a number of extra benefits to Touched by Max and allow them to help patients in even more ways. Though certifications and accreditations are different in every country, other patient groups may want to explore similar options in order to provide the best possible support to patients and families. Today we have a guest blog from Mila, who shares Touched by Max’s successes!
Posted by Guest Blogger on June 11, 2012 | Comments: 2
Our guest blogger today, Sujeesh S., is a Friends of Max India Trustee, a great advocate, a tireless volunteer, and the incredible designer behind the amazingly colorful banners and print materials that Friends of Max produces for meetings and events. He has a message for all of us as we prepare to welcome World CML Day tomorrow, September 22nd: "I just want to celebrate"
As he explains, "In the second year of launch, Friends of Max (FOM) has planned an elaborate all-day event in association with the prestigious Tata Memorial Hospital at its ACTREC centre in Kharghar on the outskirts of Mumbai. This event will bring eminent physicians from the hospital face to face with CMLers and their care givers. The emphasis this year will be to create awareness about the importance of monitoring one’s CML by testing for PCR levels. This will be done by launching The MAX Foundation’s 'What is My PCR' campaign on this day."
Read his full blog entry and don't forget to flip through the photo gallery to see some of his creative designs for the upcoming meet for 9/22!
Posted by Guest Blogger on September 21, 2012 | Comments: 1
Many of you will remember that a year ago, the UN High Level Summit for Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), of which cancer is one, took place on September 19th and 20th. At that time, a team from The MAX Foundation represented your voices at the summit by carrying your signatures to the World Cancer Declaration and handing them over, alongside UICC, to the head of the World Health Organization, Madam Margaret Chan. A year has now passed and there are many groups still actively working towards global cancer control. However, the fight around global cancer control still needs your support!
Click on Read More for updates on the '25 by 25' goals and to learns ways that you and your group can get involved.
Posted by Guest Blogger on September 25, 2012 | Comments: 0
“It was a day full of energy for all of us” shared Cynthia, our MaxStation in Mexico City. The day, September 22nd, emphasized nurturing one’s health—both emotionally and physically. In commemoration of International CML Day and the launch of the “Stomp Out Cancer” campaign, our friends in the Mexican patient group, Mexican Association of Leukemia and Gist (AMELEG), held an energizing and empowering event for patients and caregivers.
What are your plans to Stomp Out Cancer? Are you going to incorporate healthy snacks, relaxation techniques, and educational information that is accessible to all? We can’t wait to see what more patient groups have planned. Roll out your yoga mat to Stomp Out Cancer!
‘Read more’ to hear about all of the excitement, including a yoga class and disease education, all in one day!
Posted by Guest Blogger on October 08, 2012 | Comments: 0
This year marks the FIFTH anniversary of the patient group MAX SMILES in Thailand! Read more to hear about how MaxSmiles commemorated 9/22, is Stomping Out Cancer, and raising awareness with the “What is MY PCR?" campaign, all while celebrating their own MaxSmiles group history AND giving back to their community!
Since there are so many memorable details to share from the MaxSmiles experience, the report on this event will be posted in two separate blog posts. So read more now and then stay tuned for part two that details the generous “Give Back” outreach project to collect goods for a rural children’s hospital.
Congratulations MaxSmiles on a life-changing five years, and cheers to the many years to come!
Posted by Guest Blogger on October 15, 2012 | Comments: 1