Program News

Our Program News highlights milestones and updates in our programmatic work carried out around the world. As well, we are pleased to spotlight announcements about our partnerships, events and upcoming initiatives.

Latest Program Announcements

  • April 24, 2018The Max Foundation is thrilled to welcome longtime advisor, Dr. Jerald Radich of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute into the Executive Board. Dr. Radich has been a guiding star in our innovative work for many years helping people face cancer with dignity and hope, especially in the area of improving access to critical diagnostics in low- and middle-income countries.Last year, The Max Foundation created a formal partnership with Fred Hutch and the Radich Lab called Spot On CML in order to increase testing for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients. The Spot On CML partnership aims to test...

  • Join us at the iCMLf Forum for Physicians from Emerging Economic Regions on December 8th at ASH.

  • Access to accurate diagnostics is a major challenge for many cancer patients in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). The Max Foundation Senior Program Manager, Erin Lindsay Schneider, saw this situation firsthand when she visited the National Medical Center in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in March this year. In speaking with the doctors there, she learned that there were many patients clinically presenting with symptoms of CML, but diagnostic testing for CML patients is not available in the country. When Erin Lindsay learned that patients in Tajikistan lacked access to diagnostic testing locally, she informed Dr. Mirzovali, The Max Foundation physician partner in Tajikistan, about the diagnostic program, dubbed “Spot On CML”, which would provide an access pathway for patients in critical need of diagnostics.

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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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