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Africa & Middle East

The “Last Mile” to Treatment Access: Constantine’s Story

For many people facing cancer, the “last mile” in treatment access is a long, expensive, and recurring journey. But in Constantine’s case, even this journey may not be enough. The distance itself is not so far but the journey is long – 8 hours by public buses and transport. Constantine, like so many others around the world, has a rare form of leukemia called CML (chronic myeloid leukemia)....

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Join us in August for the Max Global Experience – Uganda!

Are you ready for an unforgettable summer? This August, we invite you to join us for the Max Global Experience – Uganda to be part of the African patient journey by walking a mile (or 365!) in the shoes of African cancer survivors who often must travel for miles and even days to access treatment for their cancer. ...

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Reflections Following the Loss of a Beloved Cancer Advocate

The passing of our dear friend, advocate and colleague Ferdinand, has shaken the close-knit global chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) community. CML, a rare form of leukemia that used to be fatal, now is treated with innovative targeted therapies commonly referred to as TKIs. There has been unprecedented global access to these TKIs and this has fostered the development of one of the strongest global patient communities for a rare cancer. Ferdinand, from Nairobi, Kenya, was a loved member of this community. ...

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Inspiration Abounds at Fred Hutch

This has been an incredible year. The Max Foundation not only celebrated 20 wonderful years of impacting and changing lives it also expanded its horizons. We are embracing new challenges and turning them into opportunities to change lives across the globe. During my visit to Seattle for our 20th anniversary celebration, I was fortunate to join my Max team and a few special friends on a recent visit to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The warmth of the building and faces that greeted us on arrival was a sharp contrast to the cloudy, cool autumn weather outside. Noting the Nobel Prize...

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With Love in South Africa

Between all the emails, paper and meetings and the general rush of everyday life, it can be often neglected to reflect on the actual motivation for the efforts and input we make. On a recent dry and hazy morning my colleague, Geraldine, and I find ourselves lost in one of the neighboring townships. In South Africa we are very aware of personal safety and in this situation one could easily decide to return to the safety of home, giving up on the set mission. We are however determined and decide to stick to our commitment in meeting with the Childhood Cancer...

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Stories of Dignity and Hope: South Africa and Thailand | Maximize Life Campaign 2016

When Ka came to Thailand for access to treatment, she had the chance to join the MaxSmiles patient group meetings. Ka started to dream about having her own meetings and soon found support from Dr. Mary Cluck, an Australian volunteer working with Cambodian CML patients. Ka stepped up and called the patients one-by-one to invite them to their first patient meeting....

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