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Maximo and the Big C is a story for all ages. Beautifully illustrated and poetically written, the book tells the story of Maximo, a little sparrow who is weaker and smaller than other young sparrows, and unable to fly. As much as he tries to overcome his challenge, Maximo is thinking about giving up, when one day he finds himself as the only creature in the forest about to witness the big Cat’s attack of another small and weak sparrow. Finding the strength he did not know he had, Maximo sweeps down and rescues the weak bird. This experience helps Maximo realize that he had the strength to overcome his challenge all along. Seeing someone else in need of help had allowed him to break free of the bands of fear and despair that had tied him down. That day Maximo realizes his true vocation and decides to dedicate his life to helping others. Soon birds from other forests hear about Maximo and decide to join hands with him and strengthen his vision for the wellbeing of fellow creatures. A worldwide revolution of love and support takes place, inspired by Maximo, the little sparrow who was at first too weak to fly. Maximo and the Big C is a work of love created by a group of cancer survivors and caregivers who have overcome their own challenges by dedicating their lives to serving people living with cancer in their communities, in partnership with The Max Foundation. The Max Foundation is an organization dedicated to improving access to treatment and support and providing a voice to people living with cancer worldwide. Maximo the Sparrow is the symbol of the Maximize Life Movement, a worldwide movement of hope led by The Max Foundation (www.themaxfoundation.org) The moral of the story is that we all have the strength inside of ourselves to overcome a cancer diagnosis; and that it is by giving ourselves to others that we defeat the Big C.
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Viji Venkatesh, a cancer advocate in Mumbai, India is endearingly known by patients as ‘Amma’ meaning mother. She has dedicated 30 years of her life to serving and supporting people living with cancer in her community. She is widely respected in cancer circles, has worked with The Max Foundation for over ten years and also served as a member of the Ethics Committee Board of the Tata Memorial Hospital. Wen Huei Fan is one of the founders and most dedicated volunteers of Max Family, the Malaysian organization that supports people living with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in Malaysia. Fan is an 13-year CML survivor who continues to inspire the community daily through his service and his graphic art. Maria Isabel Gomez de Soriano lives in Caracas, Venezuela where she leads the effort to support people living with CML and other cancers in her home country. Maria Isabel is a CML survivor, the founder and President of Association of Help for Hemato-oncological Patients (ASAPHE), and a recognized figure in cancer advocacy throughout Latin America.
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