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Episode 1: From grassroots to global

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Reflections by Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer of The Max Foundation, on the journey of her organisation, and of herself as a leader, from a small volunteer-led grassroots group to a global force for access to cancer care.

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  • Pat Garcia-Gonzalez

    For more than 20 years, Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer of The Max Foundation has been dedicated to improving the lives of cancer survivors around the world. A native of Argentina, Pat has a master’s degree from the University of Washington and a technical degree in nursing. Pat is the co-founder of The Max Foundation, started in 1997 in honor of her step-son, Max.
    Under Pat’s direction since 2005, The Max Foundation is dedicated to increasing global access to treatment, care and support for people living with cancer. Each quarter, the organization channels over a million defined daily doses of life-saving cancer treatment to patients in 66 low- and middle-income countries. The organization carries out its daily work in partnership with a global network of 220 physicians and 70 patient associations.