The Book's Contributors
This book about Maximo is the product of love by a group of individuals who have dedicated themselves to serving our global community.
Author: 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.
Illustrations and Design: Wen Huei Fan is one of the founders and most dedicated
volunteer of Max Family,
the Malaysian organization that supports people living with chronic myeloid leukemia
(CML) in Malaysia. Fan is an 11-year CML survivor who continues to inspire the community
daily through his service and his graphic art.
Original story concept: 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 Patient
and a recognized figure in cancer advocacy throughout Latin America.
Together, these storytellers represent every cancer advocate in towns and cities
around the world, who, when faced with hardship, found the strength inside themselves
to turn adversity into action and become agents of change within our global community.
We thank them deeply.
We are grateful to the team around the world who has made it possible
for the Maximo book to be translated into so many languages!
Currently, the book is available on the website in the following languages:
English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Malay. The website will soon include Arabic
and German! Within India, copies of the book will be made available in many national
and local languages. The contributors listed below have helped in a variety of tasks,
such as translation, proof reading, and editing.
Note: languages listed in alphabetical order
Arabic: Bahija Gouimi and Academy of Languages, LLC
French: Danielle Matia; Bahija Gouimi and Academy of Languages, LLC
German: Candy Heberlein and Academy of Languages, LLC
Languages within India (Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Marathi, Malayalam,
Kannada, Gujarati, Telugu): Vidya Tahilramani, Sujeesh Sukumaran, N Nagendran,
Rajat Mazumdar, Geeta Duvedi, K Narayanan, Rekha Rani, Ushakant Sha, and Pramod Agarwal
Malay: Dr. Abd Razak Muhamad, Nor Aina Abd Rahim, and Ang Wei Meng
Mandarin: Tan Giek Lian and Ang Wei Meng
Spanish: Ines Garcia Gonzalez and Pat Garcia-Gonzalez and Academy
of Languages, LLC
Thanks, again, to everyone who has contributed so that children in so many different
countries and languages will be able to enjoy reading Maximo!