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The Max Global Experience – Uganda is a fundraising (and fitness!) adventure meant to echo the journey cancer survivors across Africa take to get much-needed treatment, care, and support. All participants will track the distance they walk, run, or cycle before the trip, with a goal of reaching 365 miles, culminating in the trip of a lifetime to Uganda, where we will hear from patient leaders who have overcome the stigma and isolation of cancer to help others in their communities, and together, we will walk the Last Mile as a team!

In Uganda, overlooking the majestic Lake Victoria, you will experience a connection with not only Africa but with the people that make her heart beat. You will hear stories from patient leaders that undertook journeys into the unknown, now guiding others along the same path. You will see sights of beauty and of real down-to-earth life. You will feel the roar of the African drums in your blood and you will leave carrying a light, feeling that you made a difference not only in your own life but also to the lives of those in Africa.

Where: Entebbe, Uganda

When: August 17th – 22nd, 2018

Price: $2,295 per passenger based on double occupancy ($700 single supplement)

Deadlines:

  • $500 per passenger deposit due at time of booking to confirm your spot
  • Final balance due June 18th, 2018

About Uganda
Uganda, famously known as the Pearl of Africa, is a landlocked country in East Africa’s Nile basin. Uganda is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania.

Uganda is home to one of the most diverse and concentrated ranges of African fauna including the highly endangered mountain gorilla and the endangered common chimpanzee. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, one Africa’s Great Lakes.

Presented by Tanner Pharma Group

The Max Foundation is honored to have Tanner Pharma Group as the presenting sponsor for the Max Global Experience – Uganda 2018!

Tanner Pharma Group partners with biopharmaceutical companies and NGOs to provide turn-key solutions that facilitate access to medicines around the world. Every member of the Tanner Team believes that access to medicines should have no borders, and the company measures its value based on the lives it is able to improve through its specialized services.

Within The Max Foundation’s patient-centered model, Max Access Solutions, Tanner plays a critical role by leading quality, regulatory and logistics to ensuring donated oncology products get to the right patient in the right place at the right time. Max Access Solutions currently deliver 1,000,000 daily doses per Quarter.

Going the Extra Mile Sponsors

Thank you to our additional sponsors for their commitment to closing the cancer divide.

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Itinerary

  • August 16/17 (Thurs/Fri) – Depart USA for Entebbe, Uganda: Please note: Flight options from the USA can take 2-3 days with the time change.
  • August 18 (Sat) – Arrive in Entebbe: Private airport transfer from Entebbe International Airport to Entebbe hotel. Dinner included for those who arrive earlier. Overnight Entebbe.
  • August 19 (Sun) – Symposium: Join patients, doctors, and advocates for a Symposium with The Max Foundation. In the evening, with our patient leaders as your guides, we will gather around a fire under the African sky, for a welcome dinner where we’ll share our stories and our hopes, igniting a flame of passion for this region and her children as we prepare for “The Last Mile”. Overnight Entebbe.
  • August 20 (Mon) – “The Last Mile”: After breakfast, we’ll depart with patient leaders from throughout Africa for the inspiring conclusion of our fitness and fundraising, “The Last Mile”. We will gather at the source of a water system so ancient that it is mentioned in the oldest scriptures known to mankind, the Nile River. From this river, thousands of generations have drawn life, grown, developed and evolved yet the Nile still provides its stable flow of water to millions of people in Africa, just as it did thousands of years ago. In this moment, we will blend with history and also look forward to the future. We look at the Nile as our inspiration as it continues to provide life and growth for those around it. Following our completion of “The Last Mile, we will enjoy a leisurely lunch in Jinja, and will have an opportunity to ride a boat along the Nile and find some souvenirs.
    In the evening, we’ll have a celebratory dinner with local food, music, and of course, dancing. In Africa, dance is part of every gathering – from festive and happy to mourning and sadness, there is always dancing. With the Africa drums as our guides and the spirit of Africa growing in our hearts, we will participate in a traditional dance to celebrate life and the conclusion of “The Last Mile”. Overnight Entebbe.
  • August 21 (Tues) – Uganda Cancer Institute Tour: We’ll spend the day touring the Uganda Cancer Institute, learning more about The Max Foundation’s work in Uganda and vision for the future. After a final farewell dinner, we’ll return to the hotel in Entebbe. Overnight Entebbe.
  • August 22 (Wed) – Depart for the USA or Optional Gorilla Trekking Extension, Arrive USA

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for The Max Global Experience? Who can join?

Adults over the age of 18 and accompanied minors (age 10+) may join The Max Global Experience. To sign up, each participant will review and sign our participant agreement, make a deposit towards their travel, and begin tracking fitness activities towards our 365-mile goal! In addition to the cost of travel, attendees will be asked to fundraise or donate personally to support The Max Foundation’s work in Africa. Each attendee is responsible for giving or raising $3,650. This donated money will be tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

Email info@themaxfoundation.org if you’re ready to get started or if you have additional questions.

What is the "last mile"?

The last mile was inspired by the many roads, steps, and miles we tread to bring cancer treatment to patients around the world – the most significant of which is the last mile, which ensures that the right medication gets to the right patient at the right time.

The Max Global Experience – Uganda is a fundraising adventure meant to echo the journey cancer survivors take to get much-needed treatment, care, and support. All participants will track the distance they walk, run, or cycle before the trip, with a goal of reaching 365 miles, culminating in the trip of a lifetime to Uganda, where we will hear from patient leaders who have overcome the stigma and isolation of cancer to help others in their communities, and together, we will walk the Last Mile as a team!

Why Africa?

Despite the richness of the land, most people in Africa find themselves poor with relation to specialized healthcare. Within the scope of limited resources, patients are faced with limited options. There is a great lack of specialized physicians, diagnostic abilities and treatment options across the scope of all cancers. The outcomes of patients reflect the deficiency of the current healthcare offering and this contributes greatly to the stigma that cancer kills.

The cost of current effective treatments are perceived to be unaffordable by most public institutions who must divide their limited funding between other present threats such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/Aids and Ebola.

Where resources are available to treat cancer patients, it is often centralized to one specific center within a country. These centers are seen as beacons of hope too many but to others, it is a reminder of their own shortcomings. For people living with cancer, the travel required to reach the specialized centers to receive care can take hours, up to days, and is financially, emotionally, and physically taxing for patients and their families.

How, where, and when do I complete my 365 miles?

Each participant will start tracking their miles as soon as they sign up for the Max Global Experience. You’ll have until August 20th, 2018, when we’ll complete the 365th mile together at the source of the Nile. Individuals can choose to complete their 365 miles through any activity they choose – love to walk? Avid runner? Cycling enthusiast? Any of these activities will work well to rack up mileage over the weeks and months leading up to the Max Global Experience. When you sign up, we will give you an average weekly target to hit, based on your sign up date.

You can complete your 365 miles anywhere – indoors, outdoors, at a gym, or in your neighborhood. It’s even more fun when you include friends to help motivate you!

How will I raise funds? Is it required?

Our goal is to raise money to provide support for The Max Foundation’s work in Africa. Each participant is required to raise OR donate $3,650, which provides access to treatment for 10 patients for 1 year! You’ll have help from The Max Foundation’s Development Officer, who will assist you with setting up a fundraiser on our crowdfunding page at which can be personalized and shared through email or social media.

Through this page, you’ll be able to share updates on your progress, write messages of thanks to supporters, and more. The Max Foundation will issue tax receipts to all donors and will provide you with support throughout the fundraising process.

If I or my company would like to become a Sponsor, who do I contact?

Please call us at 425-778-8660 and we will put you in contact with our sponsorship team for more information.

Are donations to The Max Foundation tax deductible?

The Max Foundation (themaxfoundation.org) is a US registered non-profit 501(c)3. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Our Tax ID number is 91-1893957.

Upon receipt of donations, The Max Foundation will issue tax receipts to donors and thank them for their support.

How does The Max Foundation provide access to treatment for cancer survivors?

Our work begins with a patient who has been diagnosed with a certain cancer and prescribed a treatment for which no local access exists. In collaboration with a robust network of leading cancer treating institutions and physicians, drug manufacturers, an international distributor, and local patient support organizations, we provide humanitarian access to the treatment with the aim that each required daily dose reaches the intended patient at the right time, while strengthening the local healthcare system.