Friends of Max is the largest support group of its kind in the world that caters to CML & GIST patients and caregivers

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2024 iCMLf Prize

Viji Venkatesh, Managing Trustee Friends of Max, and Region Head (India & South Asia), The Max Foundation is the recipient of the prestigious 2024 iCMLf Prize for her outstanding contributions to improving the care of people with CML in resource constraint regions around the world.

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Breast Cancer FAQs

On International Women’s Day 2024, Friends of Max is proud to launch a booklet on Frequently Asked Questions on Breast Cancer designed and developed for us by The Max Foundation team in India. We extend our warmest gratitude to Dr Bhawna Sirohi (Medical Director, BALCO Medical Centre, Raipur) who reviewed and edited the content for us.

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International Childhood Cancer Day 2024

On International Childhood Cancer Day, 15th February 2024, Friends of Max joins The Max Foundation and the world to raise awareness about childhood cancer, and to express support for children and adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families.
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Equal access to care, the tag line of 2024 International Childhood Cancer Day should be the right of every child diagnosed with cancer. We bring to you the story of Bikram and how funds raised from Chai for Cancer for Project Shiksha is helping him.
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World Cancer Day 2024

On World Cancer Day, Feb 4, 2024, we come together to raise awareness about the many steps that have been taken to close the care gap for patients living with the diagnosis. Of course, while still much needs to be done, for today, let us focus on what has been done!

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Mumbai Marathon 2024

Viji Venkatesh, Managing Trustee, Friends of Max is participated in the Dream Run of the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2024 to raise awareness and funds for Project Shiksha, an initiative of Friends of Max, which aims to provide financial aid to cover the education costs of our pediatric cancer patients and children of patients who are on lifelong medication.

Raceday: Sunday, Jan 21, 2024
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What We Do

Our Patient Support Group Meetings are a means of building community resources and providing patients and caregivers with treatment-related information and emotional support. These gatherings, held in different cities and towns all over India, bring patients together and empower them by the sharing of and learning from each other’s experiences.
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Support Group Meetings since 2010





Hundreds of volunteers from different cities come together each year to support patients and caregivers at our meetings.

Who Are Friends of Max

Friends of Max is the Support Group Arm of The Max Foundation in India. It is a registered charitable trust whose members, including patients, caregivers and volunteers, carry out various patient-centric activities for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) and Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumour (GIST) Survivors.

Annual Report

Friends of Max | Annual Report 2022-23
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CML FAQ Version 2.0

On World CML Day 2023, we are thrilled to share the release of our CML FAQ 2.0 version, which has been put together for Max and Friends of Max by Dr. Pankaj Malhotra, Professor & Head of the Department of Clinical Hematology & Medical Oncology at PGIMER. We hope this booklet will provide patients and their families with a better understanding of the disease, its management, and the available treatment options.

English version | Hindi / हिंदी | Punjabi / ਪੰਜਾਬੀ | Telugu / తెలుగు | Marathi / मराठी | Bengali / বাংলা | Odia / ଓଡ଼ିଆ | Malayalam / മലയാളം

World CML Day 2023

In honor of World CML Day 2023, The Max Foundation and Friends of Max are releasing a special book  “Child is the Father of Man”. It features 12 heartwarming stories about the children of our CML patients and what it means growing up with parents on life long treatment.
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Get Involved


No amount is too less to help a cancer patient.


Spread the word about cancer support in your community.


Host a Chai for Cancer Adda for your friends.

Our patient support group meetings are nothing short of a celebration – of life and the love that has created lifelong bonds amongst one another.

– Vijaylakshmi Venkatesh

Region Head, The Max Foundation
Chairperson & Managing Trustee, Friends of Max

Latest News & Activities

Lucknow Meeting Report by Arun Bhargava

A CML and GIST Patient Support Group Meeting was organized by The Max Foundation for Friends of Max, on Saturday,…

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Patna Meeting Report by Nitesh Kumar Verma

A CML and GIST Patient Support Group Meeting was organized by The Max Foundation for Friends of Max, on Saturday,…

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Thiruvananthapuram Meeting Report by Punnya MK

At the Patient Support Group Meeting organized by The Max Foundation for Friends of Max, on Saturday, 2 March 2024,…

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रायपुर मीटिंग से धर्मेन्द्र कुमार सिंह की रिपोर्ट

शनिवार, 17 फरवरी 2024 को रायपुर में CML पेशेंटस के लिए द मैक्स फाउंडेशन  और फ्रेंड्स ऑफ मैक्स द्वारा आयोजित…

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