Advocacy

A Partnership Bound by Mission, Innovation, and History

At The Max Foundation, we believe in the power of individuals to make a difference, especially when it comes to health equity. Over the years, we’ve been privileged to work alongside some amazing people in both the public and private sectors – people who have moved mountains to help patients around the world face cancer with dignity and hope. We also believe in working closely with organizations whose mission and values align with our own.

At first glance, Global Fiberglass Solutions might seem an unlikely partner for The Max Foundation. However, when you look at our shared values – innovation, sustainable solutions, and global citizenship – it makes perfect sense. In fact, our partnership extends beyond just our values.

Global Fiberglass Solutions and The Max Foundation actually shared common leadership at our inceptions. The late Ken Weyant, one of our founding board members, was a visionary who understood the need to close the cancer divide between higher-income and lower-income countries. At the same time, he began a quest to recycle landfill-bound wind turbines into new products for the greater good. Since our respective beginnings, both our organizations have found different answers to the same fundamental question: “How do you take a difficult situation and use it to better the world?”

Our worlds came together again in 2017, thanks to the generous support of Global Fiberglass Solutions co-founder Don Lilly. Don has said, “There are such compelling synergies between our workstreams, in that both organizations are driven to find solutions that will increase health and well-being in our global community. And, with much regret, we lost Ken to cancer a couple of years back, which only underscores our commitment to the cause.”

Both The Max Foundation and Global Fiberglass Solutions see the tremendous value in public-private partnerships and believe social enterprise is the best way to build a better world. As a public nonprofit organization, The Max Foundation’s success depends upon donations from companies like Global Fiberglass Solutions – this strong community support makes our mission possible. We look forward to our continued collaboration with Don and his team and welcome the chance to forge new partnerships with like-minded individuals and organizations along the way.

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.

Since his passing earlier this week, questions arose regarding what happened, how come we could not provide more help, should we have done something else, is it all worthwhile if we cannot even save our close friend, are swirling in our minds. I would like to offer a few reflections as we close this difficult week.

We are not God. We are not limitless. What makes a good advocate is the belief that what is, is not necessarily what could or should be, and the perception that I, myself, can change the status quo. This is what drives us and makes us very successful advocates. We don’t usually see the limits until we smash our face on it, just like we did this week. Yet, chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), like all cancers, is a horrible, mean, awful disease, and we are not God. In the case of CML, Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors (TKIs) are often able to keep it at bay, and people are able to live a pretty full life with controlled CML, but when left unattended it rears its ugly self out and there is no stopping it.

We are also not powerless. There are indeed things we can do that might have influenced the outcome for Ferdinand, yet perhaps we overlook them because they are so basic that we don’t notice them. Below I will attempt to list some of the challenges and opportunities, big and small, some specific to CML, most, shared in one way or another by any cancer patient in resource-challenged settings.

I firmly believe that the first and most important thing we need to continue to work on is access to innovative treatments such as TKIs for every patient, no matter where they live. Early, timely, continuous access to treatment. At The Max Foundation, and in collaboration with physicians and industry, this is what we are placing most of our resources on because it makes the biggest difference.

In this regard, we need governments to work with us. We need to be all on the same team. Time and time again we are fighting import regulations, impossible import taxes being imposed on the humanitarian aid of cancer medicines, and lack of engagement. If we can successfully demonstrate to governments the importance of treating cancer, we will be more likely to have their needed engagement. Ferdinand did a wonderful job these past years speaking for the cancer patient community in Kenya and developed a great collaborative relationship with his government. We need more Ferdinands, but to have more Ferdinands, we need to be able to bring in the needed treatment.

Access to innovative treatment needs to go hand in hand with access to diagnostics. Most countries in the world lack access to cytogenetics and molecular testing. We have made some progress bringing the innovative point of care GeneXpert technology to some of the countries. This still remains the most efficient and plausible solution. However, we are very far in access to mutation testing. Currently, we do not have a good solution for this. I view this as a problem with a high degree of difficulty issue to solve.

Access to safe and painless bone marrow aspirations (BMA), on the other hand, is an area we should be able to improve. This is a silent problem in the community. In many countries, the experience of having to undergo a bone marrow aspiration is a patient’s worse nightmare, and many develop heavy trauma. No sedation and the procedure might be performed by students; patients often tell me the person performing the procedure had to go in 5, 6, 7 times into the bone with the big needle because they could not get a sample. Terrible pain and pressure of someone penetrating your bone; remember, no sedation. Ferdinand, I know, needed a BMA and delayed it due to the fear and trauma of the experience in the past. This issue should be something we work on as a patient community because bone marrow aspirations are still needed at the most critical times in the treatment, especially when someone stops responding to the TKI for unknown reasons.

Adherence is key. We know, for CML treatment, an adherence of at least 93% makes a big difference. This means patients should not miss their daily dose of TKI medicine more than 1 or 2 days a month. The global CML community is a great example of leaders in this area. A well developed, impressive adherence survey led by the CML Advocates Network shed light on the complexity of treatment adherence. Good for us. Now, how about we look at the result of the survey to identify specific interventions we can take as a community that might increase adherence? I do not see why not.

Stem cell transplants, while possibly curative, are not an option for patients in most countries of the world. By the time transplant is our only option, we are out of options. No one should sell their family home and travel alone across the world to have a very risky stem cell transplant and risk dying alone and away from their families as a result of it. This is possibly one of the largest pieces of the global cancer divide and it will take a lot of time and resources to solve. A center of excellence for the treatment of CML in Sub-Saharan Africa is a dream I hope can come true someday.

Ferdinand Mwangura passed away this week in Nairobi, Kenya at the age of 40. He lived with CML for the past 13 years, many of which he dedicated to ensuring that the global community understands the needs of cancer patients in Kenya. Ferdinand leaves behind his wife Sereni, and six-year-old daughter. Today Ferdinand and Max finally met, their spirits, together with many other who passed on, will continue to guide our actions. Today we dust ourselves off and turn our grief into action.

Let our Global Playlist of Inspiring Songs Rock Your World Cancer Day!

February 4 is World Cancer Day! So, how are we honoring World Cancer Day in 2018? With a powerful playlist of songs shared with us by our global team of advocates around the world.

Living with cancer can be likened to running a marathon that requires energy, stamina, support, and encouragement; it takes the same and more to get through daily disease treatment regimes. We want you to know that you are not alone in facing your diagnosis. You have the support from our global community each day! We created a playlist of inspiring songs from around the world so you can listen anytime to keep you going.

These are not just any songs, friends. These are songs that are upbeat, energizing and empowering! Songs chosen to remind us and remind our patient friends all around the world that on World Cancer Day and beyond, “We Can, I Can”. After all, we can all listen to inspiring music and feel the support of your community.

Listen to the World Cancer Day Playlist today!

 

World Cancer Day Playlist 2018 songs:

  • Diego Torres – Abriendo Caminos
  • Axel – Celebra La Vida
  • Empire Of The Sun – Alive
  • Արև ենք միասին
  • Johnny Clegg – Great Heart
  • Meghan Trainor – Better When I’m Dancin’
  • Luis Miguel – Sueña
  • Hạnh Phúc Bây Giờ – Thiền Ca
  • OK Go – This Too Shall Pass
  • Friends of Max – All India Meet
  • Tracy Chapman – Stand By Me
  • Voces Unidas – Puedes Llegar
  • Manjerum – Guppy Malayalam
  • Sauti Sol – Sura Yako
  • Phool Ko Aankha Ma Phoolai Sansara – Ani Choying Dolma
  • MV Together – บอย Peacemaker
  • Hawak Kamay – Yeng Constantino
  • Mavis Staples – Far Celestial Shore
  • Chris de Burgh – Riding on a Rainbow (Live)
  • Friends of Max Leadership Summit
  • Freedom – Mulanya Di Sini
  • Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata
  • Schubert Serenade
  • Marc Anthony – Vivir Mi Vida
  • Hum Honge Kamyab 2018 Ahmedabad Meet
  • Shakira – Try Everything (Official Video)
  • Mercy Masika, Emmy Kosgei, & Evelyn Wanjiru – Subiri (Wait)

Finding Value in the Patient Experience

Health systems around the world are often strained due to the high burden of costs. The idea of value frameworks has arisen as an attempt to guide decision-makers in their choices on behalf of patients. These value frameworks evaluate all aspects of cancer treatment: clinical benefit, side effects, and improvement in patient symptoms or quality of life. But given the complexities of the multitude of health systems around the world, it is not a straightforward discussion. Currently, the dialogue is primarily driven by thought leaders and health economists from the United States and Europe. But there are critical voices missing from this discussion: patients and patient advocates.

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with a group of advocates from around the world to discuss value frameworks in an attempt to create a “patient framework” of our own. While that goal was too ambitious for the time we had together, we agreed on the need for input from the patient and advocate perspectives to help inform us what ‘value’ means. The result of this meeting was an article just published in the Journal of Health Expectations, co-authored by international advocates for cancer care.

Read the publication: Patient value: Perspectives from the advocacy community.

Sitting together with patient advocates from around the world to discuss what brings value to patients was eye-opening. We explored the intricacies of our health system realities and distilled what some of the universal components or best practices are commonly shared within all these systems.

In many ways, this collaborative journal article was in response to methodologies on the value frameworks created by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO.) Advocates felt strongly that patient voices should be heard and valued deeply throughout the whole process of creating the value frameworks. Both ASCO and ESMO followed up on their original publications with updates that reflect and integrate some of the ideas outlined in our publication. You can see their updates below:

As a group of international advocates, we acknowledged that issues central to patients are not always the same ones prioritized by those who make decisions based on cost, or even pure research, without patient-reported outcomes. We wondered aloud how decisions can be made for us but without us. This publication was a way to take action and assert our viewpoints in the global dialogue happening today.

See how we are bringing the patient voice to value frameworks. Read the publication and share your feedback in the comments.

20 Years – A Letter to Max

Each year on October 19th, Max’s Day, we honor Maximiliano “Max” Rivarola and his legacy of lifesaving support for cancer survivors through the work of The Max Foundation. This year, on Max’s Day at The Max Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, I wrote a letter to Max, reflecting on what his legacy has meant for patients, advocates, caregivers, and partners around the world. I now wish to share it with all of you, our global community of supporters who do so much to help people face cancer with dignity and hope.

Seattle, October 19th, 2017

Dear 17-year-old Max,

When cancer took you away from us with all your life ahead of you, I felt a deep sorrow that words cannot describe. As time went by and reality set in, the sadness for a life interrupted stayed with me, as I knew that the world was going to miss out; never being able to benefit from what you would become.

I still remember your 17th birthday; we were so happy when the doctor said that you could come home for your birthday. Not strong enough for big crowds, people came in small groups to visit you: friends from school, neighbors, family, friends. And then so many people called you from far away places: Italy, Mexico, Argentina, other cities in the US and I remember you called it the best day of your life. Knowing that people from far away places in the world were sending you their love filled up your spirit and gave you great joy.

Today I must tell you that since that time, Max, that seed of love around the world that you felt on your 17th birthday has grown, and in the past two decades you have achieved more than I could have ever imagined.

Through Maria Isabel in Venezuela, you saved the lives of 176 people. You were relentless and didn’t take no for an answer until your friends were able to access treatment.

And a few years later you brought hope and love to children in pediatric wards all over the world with Maximo and the Big C through our dearest Fan in Malaysia. Max, I have seen the glimmer of hope come back to their eyes when Maximo encourages them to have a mission in life.

Through Sohag you have been working hard in Bangladesh to make sure people eat a nutritious meal of sweet potato. Through Lucy in Solomon Islands you enjoy playing the trombone and taking care of 5 children; through Rosario in Mexico you grant wishes to sick children; through our dear Boukary in Niger you made real change by advocating for access to diagnostics; what a force of nature, your buddy Boukary. Through Tony you continue to bring the gift of song to the world; your spirit shines so brightly through Tony that you inspired his song “You”; and who can forget how you loved to sing! Often these days when I hear your brothers play music, I close my eyes I can still hear you.

And this reminds me of another person whose life you influenced, Max. I borrow from Viji to share this part of your story. I don’t have to tell you who Viji is since through her you have poured love to thousands of people in India for the past 15 years. Viji recently shared with me about a young friend I will call Prab “whose eyes still haven’t lost that naughty gleam”, she said, “that lit up his 14-year old face when he first walked into the Max office with his hospital file more than 15 years ago”. I imagine him walking into the office, same age as you when you also were newly diagnosed and had to start carrying your hospital file as well.

Recently Prab visited the Max office again, a 30-year-old man now, and reminisced about the time of his diagnosis: “neither then nor now, Amma ji, does this Cancer thing frighten me” he said.” I love my job and I am so thankful to my family for encouraging me. I have a complete musical group and we play at all religious functions and community events. I feel a very powerful energy within me when I play the Dholak and see the happiness with which people dance to the beat and rhythm I create.” So you see, Max, that energy that Prab feels when he plays music, that energy is you.

Dear 17-year-old Max, today I can say that you have changed the world more than I could have ever imagined. You live with us and through us and we feel your spirit in every action we take. Day in and day out you light a spark in each of us and I know you care especially for our dear partner physicians who work under the most challenging circumstances and do their best for each and every patient. You are a wonderful reminder of the power of each of us to make a difference, even in the most difficult circumstances. You have tapped deep into people’s humanity and have succeeded in expanding people’s capacity to love and to have compassion for each other. Your name has become a symbol of hope, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

We started The Max Foundation because your departure didn’t feel it was the end; there had to be more, it was just not possible to move on, and I could have never imagined a future without you. And we will continue the work of The Max Foundation for the next 20 years and beyond, for as long and as strong as we possibly can; and forever, for us, every patient will be you and every family member will be us.

Dear 17-year-old Max, thank you for allowing us to continue to work through you and thank you for always being there when we need you.

From the ageless Max who lives through the humanitarian work of everyone in this room and thousands all around the world.

Maximiliano “Max” Rivarola lived with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) for three years before passing away in 1991 at the age of 17. The Max Foundation was established in his honor in 1997, and his legacy inspires our vision for a world where all people facing cancer live with dignity and hope. This letter was written by The Max Foundation’s CEO and stepmother to Max, Pat on the 20th anniversary of the creation of The Max Foundation.

Make a donation today to give the gift of life to people around the world who are facing a cancer diagnosis. Together, we will continue the work of The Max Foundation for the next 20 years and beyond, in the spirit of Max who lives on through all of us.

Lan’s Story

In Vietnam, due to the lack of specialist in rural areas, a significant number of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients with minimal cash in hand must travel hundreds to thousands of kilometers to reach the hospitals in the city. The expenses for the trip itself is already a challenge for many patients let alone the cost of treatment. But today, there are numerous CML survivors who directly benefit from The Max Foundation’s patient access program to receive their cancer treatment at no cost. A living testimony to the success of our program is Lan.

Lan is a young, enthusiastic, Vietnamese woman living in Ha Noi, who refuses to be ordinary. On World CML Day 2017, Lan decided to let her treatment journey story to be heard. Lan was diagnosed chronic myeloid leukemia when she was 23 years old. Initially, she was hesitant to share her story with anyone. It was kept within the family, as she was scared, weak and lost. With an attitude “Never give up nor abandon hope” she kept searching and successfully found what she looked for – The Max Foundation’s “magical” patient assistance program that would bring her the necessary CML treatment. 11 years later and the innovative program still supports Lan and many other CML patients in Vietnam.

Today Lan is living a happy normal life. Like other people in Vietnam, she goes to work and contributes to society. Because of the benefits of the patient assistance program, and continued stigma against cancer patients, Lan has started sharing her story – starting with this video.

Lan is forever grateful for the government that acknowledges the importance of patient assistance program. With Lan’s advocacy and our ongoing work, we hope to see other sustainable treatment access programs extended to many other patients in need.

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 Organization (CHOC) at the pediatric oncology ward of George Mukhari Hospital. Today, we are connecting with the young patients and their families and handing out the knitted hats made “With Love in Every Stitch”.

This will be Geraldine’s first contact with patients and partners since she joined The Max Foundation this spring. She expresses her concern for how emotional it will be to face the children and parents later in the day.

We receive a warm welcome at the hospital and make numerous new friends as we navigate our way to the ward. This is no small hospital, in fact it is one of the larger teaching hospitals in South Africa, but still we are received as family.

The matron from the pediatric ward appear in the doorway dressed in brilliant white as the angel she is. As Antonella from CHOC makes the introductions we become aware of a buzz in the ward. Tiny faces look at us between the rails of the cribs and doorways.

We move from bed to bed, engaging with the parents, giving each child the opportunity to find the hat they want and then we came to the littlest one. She is only six months old and currently facing stage four Neuroblastoma. We take turns in holding this little one, adorned in her beautiful new white hat, eyes smiling at all the attention and I know that this is the reason why we commit every day to improving the lives of those living with cancer.

We visit the isolation rooms. Cleaned hands, and mouths covered, we enter these quite spaces with our bag of hats. We spread the hats on the bed for the child to select one. For a moment, there is an option for that child, even if it is only the personal choice of the color of a hat.

At the last bed we cover the white sheets in pink and purple, our experience thus far indicates that pink and purple are girl colors. This girl however is not impressed with pink or purple, yet her eyes light up when we produce the brightest, multi colored hat, this is her hat! I take out my phone to show her on the camera how pretty she looks and as I lean in to share the screen something catches my eye. Hiding beneath her bedsheets I find our dear friend Maximo!! He made his way here as a donation to CHOC, giving comfort to this young brave girl. As we read her colorful book, with her colorful hat I can only wish her a colorful life.

As we make our way back, Geraldine reflects on the visit. She notes how energized and grateful she feels, how amazing it is to be associated with The Max Foundation and the opportunities we each have to change lives. I know this feeling so well and this is why I, too, look forward to the emotion and engagement that is inspired by visits with patients.

Knit Hats for Kids

Ten Long Years to Climb to the Top

Tony Leo from from Malaysia and living in Singapore inspired The Max Foundation to host our 2017 Max Global Experience in Malaysia to climb Mt. Kinabalu. Tony’s story explains how this climb closes a 10-year-journey of discovering and living beyond his cancer diagnosis.

10 years ago, for my first attempt to climb Mount Kinabalu, I felt prepared. I was a 27-year old living an active lifestyle of soccer and gym and I just started out being a full-time musician and music teacher. I had everything going for me and I thought I could have conquered Mount Kinabalu easily when I went with some teachers and students of a music school.

The first couple of kilometers proved really tough and I began to realize something might be wrong with my body – especially my lungs. It could not only be the altitude as I had no energy to even lift a leg up or get enough air; the strangeness of it engulfed me and it took me a very long 12-hours climb to Laban Rata, the base camp where we would stay the night.

I was very tired and baffled at why it was so difficult. I cried in that darkness when I saw the grounds of Laban Rata. I slept that night after telling myself maybe I shouldn’t continue. But when everyone started waking up to attempt the summit at 1:30 AM, I thought let’s give it a try regardless. I was doing okay until my fear of heights gripped me and I walked back to the camp in the dark, alone and dejected after failing to get over my fear.

When I reached back home, I immediately had a checkup and that’s how I found out my body is wrecked with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). No wonder I struggled so much, my body lacks red blood cells and that’s why it is so tough for me when I tried climbing the mountain.

My hopes were not completely dashed as I was exuberant to find out I can receive very expensive medicinal treatment at no cost thanks to the help of a patient support group called The Max Foundation. Feeling so grateful for the help, I wrote a song, entitled You for Max who I felt paved the way for me and for The Max Foundation CEO, Pat Garcia-Gonzalez. I was soon on the way to recovery and was encouraged to have met many other CML patients and their caregivers as well as the staffs of The Max Family.

Last November, Pat and I recorded a conversation about my story and when we were almost done, Pat had the brilliant idea to climb Mount Kinabalu after revealing to her I failed to reach the summit for the 2nd time that same year! We would do it as part of her birthday fundraising efforts for The Max Foundation. This idea birthed a plan to include another 21 climbers: patients, advocates, partners and even a representative from Novartis!

Ten years later, after gaining life-saving treatment for my CML through The Max Foundation, and feeling much better (and happier, and thus, fatter), I was ready to take on Kinabalu again.

On this climb, the all too familiar tracks, the all too familiar signboards and scenery greeted me but, thank God, this time we had beautiful weather. I am much more prepared (been hiking and cycling 2-3 times weekly) and I had a game plan: to take each step whether up or down, slow and steady and to enjoy the view. The climb was interestingly easy and enjoyable this time while I kept my breathing regulated and I managed to reach Laban Rata this time in six hours with lots of energy and laughter to spare!

The next day in the early morning, I applied the same technique and I slowly but surely climbed up and reached the last station within an hour. I continued climbing and reached the summit in the next 2 hours! 😄

Oh, the view is beautiful at the peak. I was in awe of the creation of this quiet, steady mountain but it cannot match the feeling of exuberance I had. Finally, after 10 years, I managed to reach the summit!

I am eternally grateful to God who helped me along the way and to my family and friends and especially Pat, everyone at The Max Foundation, The Max Family patient group in Malaysia, the other patients and partners who cheered for me along the way.

Oh, the feeling of conquering the mountain finally is answered but this time, with so much more respect to the ever-steady mountain of life that has taught me to be humble, alerting me to the web of support that exists and feeling the love of unity with similar purpose!

Thank you for letting me experience, learn and enjoy the process!

Maybe another song might come out of this “mountain”…

Hear from others about their Mount Kinabalu climb See more from our Mt. Kinabalu trip

Scaling New Heights!

We’re getting ready to climb Mt. Kinabalu in a little less than a month! Over the past several months, we have been training, fundraising, and preparing to conquer Mt. Kinabalu, and now we’re counting down the days until our team meets at the foot of the mountain for the big climb. Why climb a mountain, you might ask? This climb is as literal as it is symbolic, and was inspired by the journey of patient and longtime friend Tony, whose cancer journey began after trying to climb Mt. Kinabalu 10 years ago.

This July, Tony will join our team of climbers, each one fundraising to support The Max Foundation’s work in Malaysia, helping people face their cancer diagnosis with dignity and hope. The funds we raise together will make it possible to offer support and education programs for patients, raise awareness of early diagnosis and treatment access, and to develop and train leaders and advocates, broadening access to treatment and support for people living with cancer.

Support our work in Malaysia – donate to one of our climbers today! The Max Foundation’s CEO, Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, has set an ambitious goal of raising $25,000. Will you help her reach her goal? Donate to her fundraiser.

A Chance Encounter

I am Shalini, working for The Max Foundation from my home office at Madurai, India. Through my work, I come across a lot of incidents that make me feel satisfied and fulfilled in our work. Allow me to share one such incident.

It was windy evening and I was with a friend going to a nearby vegetable market on a local bus. My friend asked, “What kind of service do you do at The Max Foundation?” So I started sharing in a very loud voice as I rarely get a chance to express my happiness for the work we do!

Suddenly, I noticed a man sitting just opposite to me staring at me. I thought he was annoyed at my loud voice. so I reduced my volume and kept on talking with my friend. While explaining, my eyes went towards the man. Again I noticed he was keenly listening to our conversation.

Finally the stop came! I got down with my friend and took 10 steps.

I heard a voice behind me calling “Madam, madam!” When I turned back I saw the same man calling me. My mind started thinking many things like “Did I miss my purse or mobile on the bus?” He moved towards me. I addressed him, ‘Anna’ means Brother in Tamil. He said “Dear madam! I just got down to thank you for the service you do. I was listening to the conversation and I know The Max Foundation very well. My friend gets medicine with your help.”

He shared his own story of The Max Foundation’s work:

It was 8 years ago, when this stranger was working with Tamilnadu Electricity Board and befriended a work colleague in Madurai.

One day his friend came with a sad news that he had chronic myeloid leukemia.

His friend lost all hope and was very depressed. But after consulting with a physician at Adayar Cancer Center, Chennai, and with the help of The Max Foundation, he was able to access his life-saving treatment. Now, this patient is still in our program and works with his physician to adhere to his medication. It was great to hear that the patient is doing well and is regular in his checkups.

I must say, after the conversation with this stranger, I had goosebumps. I was feeling very proud to be a member of the Max team!

I must mention my special gratitude towards the patient’s friend for getting down from the bus just to thanks us. His story made my day – a day to remember and cherish all my life.

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