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News

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 thrilled to welcome Dr. Michael J. Wagner to our Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) Medical Advisory Board. Since we met Dr. Wagner in early 2020 at a GIST patient meeting in Seattle, he has provided our program with invaluable training and support. “Dr. Wagner has gone above and beyond in advising our team on complex patient cases,” says Meg Mager, Senior Program Manager at The Max Foundation. “He’s helped us to better understand GIST so we can better support our patients. We are incredibly grateful for his support and are excited to have him join our Medical Advisory Board.” [caption...

  • “Looking back at 2019 a common theme stands out: reaching new frontiers,” write The Max Foundation CEO Pat Garcia-Gonzalez and The Max Foundation Board President Paula Boultbee in the report.

  • The Max Foundation is pleased to announce a significant expansion of its collaboration with Pfizer to provide access to some of Pfizer's innovative oncology portfolio to patients in low- and middle-income countries, which otherwise would have limited local access. The latest agreement increases the total number of patients benefitting from the program from 270 to 500 patients and adds Inlyta® (axitinib) an oral medicine used to treat advanced kidney cancer.

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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.

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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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