Each year I am humbled by the extraordinary work and dedication of our 68 Max Global Network partners, hailing from over 50 countries around the world, that tirelessly dedicate their time and resources to improving the lives of people living with cancer worldwide. I would like to take moment to acknowledge just a few of their achievements in 2015 and congratulate them on their continued efforts to ensure that the needs of people in their communities who are impacted by a cancer diagnosis are heard.

Here are just a few of the highlights from 2015:

Maximize Life Campaign

This year, over 50 Maximize Life Global Cancer Awareness events took place throughout Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In total, 42 partner organizations hosted events in their local communities that provided cancer survivors and caregivers a platform to share their stories of confronting and overcoming the fear and pain of a cancer diagnosis.

Maximize Life Essay Contest

72 brave individuals shared their personal stories of facing cancer by submitting their stories in writing to the 2015 Maximize Life Essay Contest. We were overwhelmed by the quality and power of each essay! A panel of judges selected a winner for each language (English, Spanish and French), and the winners selected a Max Global Network partner to award US$500 in addition to a personal award of US$300. Read the essays and be inspired!

9/22 World CML Day

Over 25 Max Global Network partners participated in the My PCR initiative, “Treat Your Physician on World CML Day.” Partners visited physicians at their local clinics to deliver tasty PCR-themed treats and World CML Day posters. Partners thanked these physicians for their support and spread the word about the importance of PCR in the monitoring of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). If your organization works with CML patients and you are not already a partner of My PCR, we encourage you to visit the My PCR website for more information!

The Max Foundation is excited to embark on a new year of initiatives and growth with our Network partners, and we look forward to collectively working to improve the lives of people living with cancer worldwide. Keep up the good work!