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.
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. Each quarter, the organization channels over a million defined daily doses of life-saving cancer treatment to patients in 66 low- and middle-income countries. The organization carries out its daily work in partnership with a global network of 220 physicians and 70 patient associations.
Pat is an advisor to the CML Advocates Network, the International CML Foundation, and on the Board of the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations. In recognition of her tireless efforts on behalf of patients worldwide, Pat has been honored with the CEO Award from the Union for International Cancer Control; 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.
Pat lives in Edmonds, Washington, where she raised her four sons.