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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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.

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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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

Annual Report

Friends of Max | Annual Report 2021-22
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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

Kolkata Meeting Report by Anshu Agarwal

At the Support Group Meeting held on 25 November 2023, for the CML & GIST patients at Tata Medical Center,…

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Key Insights by Manhar Koachar, FOM City Chapter Leader, Delhi, on the Patient Support Group Meeting held in Jaipur

To commemorate World CML Day 2023, a Patient Support Group Meeting was held on September 22, 2023, at Mahatma Gandhi…

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Chandigarh Meeting Report by Kuldeep Goyal

To commemorate World CML Day 2023, and to mark the start of the Hem- Onc Fest 2023, conducted by The…

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Bengaluru Meeting Report by Varadharajan Vaidhyanathan and Lalitha Varadharajan

To commemorate World CML Day 2023, The Max Foundation organised a Patient Support Group Meeting for Friends of Max on…

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