Our news highlights milestones and updates in our programmatic work carried out around the world. We are pleased to spotlight announcements about our partnerships, events and upcoming initiatives.

Latest Announcements

  • The Max Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Wilma Comenat as Vice President of Development of The Max Foundation. Wilma has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector leading development teams and driving major donor fundraising initiatives. Her previous roles include the Associate Executive Director of JDRF Greater Northwest, Regional Director of Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.’s Pacific Northwest region, and Deputy Executive Director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

  • A new study led by Boston University School of Public Health, The Max Foundation, and Novartis Oncology found that chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients taking first-line treatment in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) as part of the Glivec International Patient Assistance Program (GIPAP) have survival rates that compare favorably to those of CML patients receiving treatment in high-income countries.

  • Traveling to the American Society of Hematology’s (ASH) annual meeting on December 7–10? We hope to see you at one of our sessions! Save these events to your calendar: The Max Foundation and iCMLf: Forum for Physicians from Emerging Economic Regions When & Where: Friday, December 6, from 12–2 p.m. at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Each year, ASH joins thousands of leaders around the world who are working to conquer blood diseases. This is a special opportunity for ASH attendees to share insight and chat with physicians practicing in under-resourced countries. Download your invitation. Discussion topics: Perspectives on the future of CML Modeling responses when testing less frequently than monthly Re-evaluating TKI...

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Featured Media

What Motivates Me: Patients Like Max

“We couldn’t accept that this was the end,” says Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, in this video, after her step-son Max succumbed to chronic myeloid leukemia at 17. To honor his memory, she created The Max Foundation to help other patients like him face cancer with dignity and hope.

Now, 20 years later, the foundation works with companies like Pfizer to help more than 96,000 cancer patients in 172 countries gain access to potentially life-saving treatment, care, and support.

The Max Foundation Climbs Mount Kinabalu

On July 2017, a team of leukemia patients, Max team members, partners, and advocates climbed Mount Kinabalu. Together, they raised over $100,000 USD from their generous community of donors to provide access to treatment, care, and support for people living with cancer!

Dignity & Hope in the Face of Cancer: An interview with The Max Foundation

The Max Foundation’s CEO, Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, and Senior Program Manager, Ann Kim Novakowski, join Oncology Central for an interview about how our unique approach to treatment access allows cancer patients around the world the opportunity to live beyond their cancer.

Viji Venkatesh Interview with Lee Callahan

South Asia Region Head Viji Venkatesh recently discussed Chai for Cancer USA on Jack FM. Listen to Viji share how people across the USA are hosting parties to raise funds for diagnostic testing in India.


The Story of You: A Conversation With Tony Leo & Pat Garcia-Gonzalez

The Max Foundation’s CEO, Pat Garcia-Gonzalez chats with Tony Leo, a patient and singer-songwriter. Tony wrote the song, You, inspired by Max’s legacy and The Max Foundation’s mission.

Stories of Survival – Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in Africa

In Africa, cancer may seem like a death sentence. But these patients are facing their chronic myeloid leukemia with dignity and hope.

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