Maximiliano M. Rivarola

The Max Foundation was established in honor of Maximiliano (Max) M. Rivarola. Max was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 19, 1973. Max was a typical child who was very active in sports, and loved to play rugby, tennis, and to ski. He was also a good student. Max attended San Miguel School in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. He was very popular and had many friends.

At the age of 14, Max was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). His parents were told that his only chance for a cure was a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, Max was an only child and neither one of his parents was a match for a transplant.

Max’s family took him to Houston, Texas, USA, where he received treatment under the care of specialists, Dr. Moshe Talpaz and Dr. Hagop Kantarjian at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center. For two years, his parents searched for a match in all worlds’ bone marrow registries without success. Max underwent an autologus transplant in January of 1991. The transplant was unsuccessful.

Max Rivarola laid down his struggle against CML on March 9, 1991 at the age of 17. He fought this most difficult battle with outstanding courage and strength.


We are here to support you, your family, and your caregivers and to work with your healthcare professionals. We provide free services to anyone who contacts us trying to help someone living with blood cancer or other rare cancers. Our team of advocates both in the USA and across the world has experience in providing you with emotional support, information and advocacy in over 30 languages. Each year, we help over 16,000 patients and families.

Many of the people who contact us are people who are living in the USA, and trying to help family members and loved ones outside of the country. We also receive requests for help from people living with cancer in the USA who may be outside of our healthcare system, such as non-citizens. We welcome calls and emails from any one connected to a person living with a blood or rare cancer in need of assistance.

* Patient Assistance Programs – Read more about various paths to treatment through The Max Foundation’s involvement in drug access programs

* International Patient Helpline – Read more about how to submit a request for help

* Resource Room – In order to help you or your loved one, we have created support materials which you can read online or download for future reference .


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