The CML Advocates Network and its members are asking patients across the world to submit photos from their advocacy work and from patients across the world. The photos demonstrate different faces that CML has: old and young, men and women, in different countries and from different cultures, engaging in campaigns and initiatives. So far, the following photos were submitted:
The Israeli CML patients celebrating at the amazing crusaders halls at the city of Acre
Pepo Levi from Macedonia joins the Israeli CML awareness weekend held in Eilat in Spring 2011
Celebrating 12,000 new signatures for World Cancer Declaration (Switzerland)
CML patient advocates celebrated World Cancer Day by handing over 12,000 Declaration signatures at the UICC Gala dinner in July 2010
Patient Advocate Giora speaking at ISH 2010 (Israel)
Patient Giora Sharf speaking at the Israeli Hematologist Society meeting in Jerusalem, 10-13 Oct 2010
Rescue from CML (Portugal)
taken during the New Horizons advocacy meeting in 2009 in Lisbon, Portugal
Dr. Brian Druker (USA)
Dr Brian Druker, OHSU, one of the most important persons in the development of new CML treatments
Found out I had CML after going to the ER for chest pain. Currently taking Gleevec. I will have a bmb in December to see how the Gleevec is working. WBC has been normal.
Bahija GOUIMI, Association des Malades Atteints de Leucémies (Morocco)
Bahija GOUIMI, Morocco, CML patient since 2002, President of AMAL (Association des Malades Atteints de Leucémies), the first CML group in Morocco, Africa
Standing in for treatment access (Morocco)
Sit-in in front of national social security of Morocco to ask them improving treatment access and reimbursement
Board of Directors, AMAL (Morocco)
Board of Directors, AMAL (Association des Malades Atteints de Leucémies), the first CML group in Morocco, Africa
Makeyeva Svetlana (Russia)
CML since 2003, the trolley bus driver , brings up 5 children, Petrozavodsk, Republic Kareliya
My names are Ugwu Chukwuebuka Anthony, from Nigeria, aged 21. 2010 i this illness started but up to date, since i started taking gilvec honestly i'hv experience alot of changes in body system, meaning that my whole body is responding to the drugs named Gilvec. So in summary am back to life again....
Larisa Smirnova (Russia)
The regional leader of the All-Russian Organization "Sodeystvie" in St.-Petersburg, the volunteer since 2005
Con mi familia, son mi fortaleza y mi mejor motivacion (Mexico)
Tengo 7 aos que me diagnosticaron LMC y el camino a sido un poco complicado. Gracias a la fundacion Max por su apoyo para mi tratamiento, y gracias a mi esposa que me da todo su apoyo y a mis hijos que son mi motivacion.
CML Happy Face (Kenya)
Ferdinand Mwangura, CML patient since 2005! Enjoying the rain in the Kenyan South Coast.
My names H. PARAMESHWAR from india, aged 32. since i started to taking gilvec, miraculously i am coming back to my life. i am very much thankful to Max foundation.
Marina Glookhova (Russia)
I am from Irkutsk/ CML since 2008. I began from Gleevec same time and it went very well. I do not lose my courage and I try to help other people. I enjoy each moment of Life.
Supporters of the Cancer Declaration Signature Campaign (Philippines)
We need a bigger wall to post the forms!
Tina, CML survivor, enjoying a Dodger game!! (United States)
I was diagnosed with CML in April of '05. I am a six-year survivor! I take 400 mg. of Gleevec a day. My 12-year-old son, Caden, has been a spokesperson for Light the Night. He has raised over $10,000 to help find a cure for blood cancers!!
Great Life (usa)
I was diagonsed when my daughter was two. Now she just turned 6..I love everyday that medical advances have given me.
Attending my daughter's college graduation. (USA)
I'm so grateful to have the extra time that leukemia research has given me. I treasure each day and try to use that time helping others who find themselves on a similar journey.
CML Survivor (California, United States)
Current Age: 39. Diagnosed December 26, 2007. Complete Molecular Response since October 2008. Currently taking 300 mg of Gleevec per day. Just want people to know that this disease teaches you to value your family and friends more and to live life to the fullest. I have the best doctors and support system and I value you all.
Surrounded by Champions (India )
This is my whole world ; amidst warriors and champions who are fighting CML every day of their lives - yesterday , today and tomorrow . In gratitude for being where I am ; able to serve and love.
My life is my message :P (India)
CML since the age of 12.. now i am 28..how time flies... In ponatinib now..
Life is beautiful (India)
As the saying goes in Punjabi 'Jag jeondiya de mele'. It means 'world is a carnival for those who live'. So it is must for us to live the most, until we are alive. Love and happiness to all.
Having Fun with CML (Australia)
One can have a great life with CML. Do not forget to "Live With" and not "Live IT". Do not be afraid to LIVE LIFE
In great company (India)
I am always inspired by the work done by The Max Foundation - honoured to send this picture as my testimonial where I am in the company of two of its stalwarts Pat and Bob
Street Food (India)
Most of those who love travel, love food also. I love street food and it has been topmost of motivation to continue to Maximize Life!
A lady is yellow (India)
We are sure that, together, we can make this campaign highly rewarding, as it will ensure that people will recognize the date as a special day. All the best! And Happy CML Day!
2011 Peachtree Road Race - The World's Largest 10K (USA)
I am living with CML but staying very active and fit because of the blessings that Gleevec have afforded me. I ran Atlanta, GA's Peachtree Road Race on July 4th in 48 minutes!
Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams. All the very best :) :) :)
Thank you Novartis for Glivec (India)
I'm Kerul Patel (DOB - 23-Jun-1971); CML (CP) since Sep-2003. Overcoming the side effects and with full support from family and friends over the years, I'm able to do what I love doing most (running and training karate). Love all and "maximize life" because life is beautiful.
Pat Elliott - Living well with CML (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
I help others understand CML in my work as a health journalist and patient advocate. How could I not? - My birthday is September 22 and I'm living well with CML.
Joy and Hope (India )
Our names represent Joy (Pramod) and Hope (Ashish) and we see those emotions all around us . Here we are with someone who shares all our joys and hopes
Laughing my cares away (India )
I have let joy into my heart and am proud to share and spread that joy around the world .
There is more happiness in giving than in receiving and I am happy to be a part of this wonderful family. Happy CML Day :) :)
At Sentosa beach my first holiday 'alone' (India)
Sukanya living with CML since 2001...thanks to Gleevec I can live a Full Life.
At Canada (India)
Watching my daughter living full life with CML..thanks to Gleevac and max foundation
You Are Not Alone!!! (Uzbekistan)
To join and ensure this patients, that they also have a place in our life, notify that they are not alone and make their life happy. To give a hope for the future patients!!!
His battle with CML ended April 9th, 2009. However, he fought a good fight and kept the faith and is now at home with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Never give up, as long as there's breath there's HOPE. Praying for a cure to be found!
Marathoner, Ironman, and Survivor. (USA)
Cancer was the hardest race I've ever been in, but was the most satifying crossing the finish line!
Virginia at a 5K celebrating her survival (USA)
A survivor for 14 years now, and a participant in the Gleevec Phase 1 trial at UCLA, I owe my life to the brilliant scientists and generous support of cancer research. To try and give back, I volunteer in various ways for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, one of the biggest ways is fundraising and training for marathons with my Team in Training team. I am grateful to be alive!
Rajeev, Bangalore, 1993 (India)
Live 70% for today, 30% for the future. The present is more predictible than the future..:-)
Carolyn Stephens (United States)
Greg here. A photo of my mom, taken May 11, 2007. She faced her journey with courage and hope. She is sorely missed yet her memory remains. Carolyn's Hope, established Aug 3, 2007 has grown to become The National CML Society and is uniting the voice of CML families in the United States.
Celebrating life after CML diagnosis (Australia)
Now 20kg lighter and feeling better than I have for 20 years. No asthma, just CML and Glivec.
Going on 10 years! (USA)
January will mark the 10 yr anniversary since my diagnosis. Thanks to the grace of God and Gleevec I've had a happy and full 10years with my friends and family: 3 amazing daughters, 2 new grandsons and a new husband! I've continued to run my own business which has been very successful. I still take the Gleeve, as we call it, everyday and look forward to the day that CML will have a cure!
Our GLIVEC-Baby (Germany)
Diagnosed with CML in April 2009 we were not able to imagine that such a lucky day would happen to us again...
Soy madre a pesar de mi diagnóstico CML (Costa Rica)
Soy paciente de LMC desde 1998, tuve la dicha de tener 2 hijos, aun con este diagnstico. Estoy agradecida a con Dios y todas las organizaciones de apoyo a pacientes, que son una luz que irradia esperanza en el camino de la vida. Gracias.
Survived CML for 5 years - 5 Jahre CML überstanden (Deutschland)
5 Jahre = aus allen Wolken gefallen, Haus verkauft, Mann der mir schon 20 Jahre geliebt hat eine Chance gegeben, geheiratet und jetzt glcklich! Vorher: Arbeit - Arbeit - Arbeit
Patients and medical staff in Juiz de Fora Brazil (Brazil)
The staff of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora and Hospital Ascomcer congratulating all those who are fighting daily against CML..
When praying for healing, ask great things of God and expect great things from God. But let us seek for that healing that really matters, the healing of the heart, enabling us to trust God simply, face God honestly, and live triumphantly. God Bless, Cheers!
Dont ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. :) :) :)
The blue-eyed happiness named Denis (Glivec baby) (Russia)
We have been waited for him. His young mother has a CML story since 2003. Struggling to achieve a complete molecular response to be safe and to give birth to this charming boy. Now they met each other at long last, now they are happy and we are happy too looking at them.
CML - Losing Pigmentation (Australia)
Slip, Slap and Slop - more sunscreen needed - a side effect of glivec 600mg
5 Years post diagnosis (United Kingdom)
An early diagnosis is paramount...it would have saved me much turmoil and led to me looking and feeling as good as this several years earlier. 58 now and living life on Dasatinib.
Jeanette Living With CML (Australia)
Diagnosed 2008 and doing great on Glivec. Spoke recently to Lions Club re the importance of CML Awareness Day and Medical Research.
Wilma van Voorthuisen (Netherlands)
With my grandchild! I am a CML survivor since dec. 1998; diagnosed a week after my now almost 13 year old son was born. My elder son gave me the chance to become an grandma with a beautiful granddaughter and -son. Still on Glivec every day but: living!!
We think I am the longest survivor with CML. in the world In fact it will be 34 years (maybe 35) this year.. Keep smiling the road is long....
Fighting Irish (USA)
I was diagnosised with CML one year ago. It was a shock given my commitment to health. My family, friends, Team in Training, and new set of survivor friends have helped me stay positive along this new journey. I am alive, working, and well. This has been a defining moment in my life and I am forever grateful for everyone who has and continues to support me. - Virginia from Southern California
Roxianne - a survivor! (USA)
I was diagnoised with CML in Feb 1995 at the age of 27, I received a BMT at John's Hopkins Hospital on May 17, 1996 (15 YEARS AGO), my father was my bone marrow donor.
Fighting the fear (India)
i'm not a perfect girl. My hair doesn't always stay in place, I spill things a lot. I'm pretty clumsy & sometimes I have a broken heart. My friends and I sometimes fight & may some days nothing goes right. But when I think about it and take a step back I remember how amazing life truely is and that may be just may be... I likely being unperfect ...
Love kills the demon (Canada)
I was diagnosed with CML 5 months ago. I still have a very hard time excepting that at the age of 28, I will spend the rest of my life taking pills...My husband however is what I fight for. He is my light on this road ahead...CML stands no chance against us.
Chike Agbakoba (Nigeria)
I was one of the first trial patients of Gleevec both in the US and in Nigeria where I reside. I started using the drug in 2003 and to the glory of God, my last bone marrow analysis revealed that the abnormal chromosomes have almost completely disappeared down to about 0.01%. I wish to use this opportunity to thank everyone who has actively advocated in finding a cure for this ailment most especially Novartis, Max Foundation and all researchers. Finally a big Thank You to our amiable coordinator of the GIPAP in Nigeria Prof Muheez Durosimi. God bless you all.
7 years down the CML road and about 3 years pcru. Travelling out back Queensland last year and the red centre this year. Thank you Novartis and all the CML warriors out there.
Maui Marathon with Team in Training (Canada)
Living with CML for over six years, thankful that Gleevec has returned my life to normal - running my first marathon at the age of 52, even with leukemia. Thanks to all the researchers, especially to Dr. Druker.
Sonia from Malaysia (* Malaysia)
I was diagnosed with CML in Feb 22nd 2002. Currently Im taking 400mg nilotinib per day. My son Privin is my backbone, as he keeps me going on & I enjoy each moment of my life. Happy CML Day!
Dulce y feliz celebracion de la vida (Colombia)
Nos adelantamos a la fecha. El sábado 17 de septiembre tuvimos una bonita y especial celebración para los pacientes de LMC y acompañantes, donde pudimos compartir actividades educativas con especialistas y compartir mensajes de esperanza y de amor a la vida. Sonríe... la vída es bella pero tu más, cuando sonríes...
1st IronMan (USA)
Diagnosed April of 2010. Two Ironman triathlons since diagnosis! Living life as much as I can!
iCMLf's Scientific Advisors celebrating CML Awareness Day on 9/22 (Portugal)
The International CML Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board celebrating International CML Awareness Day on 22 Sept 2011 in Estoril, Portugal
CML since May 2002 (Russia (Altay, Barnaul))
The regional leader of the All-Russian Organization "Sodeystvie" in Barnaul, CML since May 2002
Nadja - Denmark (Denmark)
Nadja with her to kids. The youngest "made" while beeing treated for CML . (Unfortunally she lost one son before that, cause the sideeffects to Gleevec, he develobed a malformed bladdersystem and lived only 3 hours)
Jorge Cortes presenting International CML Awareness Day on 9/22 (Portugal)
Jorge Cortes, MD Anderson Cancer Center, was presenting International CML Awareness Day to about 300 hematologists at the opening of the iCMLf-ESH congress "CML: Biology and Therapy" in Estoril, Portugal
N&T - always and for ever together (Portugal - Porto)
LMC since 2006. Hope, love, friendship and faith. Thanks with all my heart Glivec.
Supporting the cause (United States)
Volunteering......again......2010 LLS Light the Night Walk, Poughkeepsie NY current age: 46 Diagnosed 4/8/2006
CML awareness day in historic place JAMA ELFNA in Marrakech, Morocco, traditional dress of south of the country
LMC France race participants for the Worlwide CML Awareness Day (FRANCE)
Over 300 people came to show their support and run 6.5 km!
Blues Brothers Tribute Concert for LMC France (FRANCE)
An concert event dedicated to raising funds for research for LMC with various members and doctors from the LMC Association and The Blues Brothers Tribute. A very successful evening!
Mina Daban recieves an award (FRANCE)
The french association fondator recieves a well mertied award for all her efforts. Accompanied by her husband, Stephane and the local mayor. September 2011
the award ceremony for the winners of our grand photo competition « Tous unis, Tous uniques ». (FRANCE)
over 200 photographs and over 160 photos were submitted and after 8400 votes the winner is Jean-Francois Bauche !
Israeli cml patients demonstrating (Israel)
On 29 th of November 2011 Israeli cml patients representatives demanded from a government committee to reimburse second line generation drugs as first line treatment. We are hopping for good results. Giora
"OUR PRECIOUS MOTHER" (USA)
Our Precious Mother, Maria Palacios was diagnosed with CML in November 2006. Our Mother lost her valiant battle against CML on Dec.3,2011. She lived everyday dependent on her Father God and lived life giving and receiving love. Her love and faith will remain in us until we embrace her again.
Trevor Steyn (South Africa)
I am in my 23rd year living with CML. Salutations to all CML Patients around the world and the many supporters.
My donor visited me to celebrate life (Slovenia)
My dear donor Thomas from Germany visited me in Slovenia and together with families we had great time on the seaside. Thomas helped me to survive at my CML blast crisis in 2005, and today imatinib helps me to feel healthy and to enjoy life.
Greece - Every days a good day (England)
1 Year after CML diagnosed, couldn't be better thanks to research, doctors, Glivec and so on.
Actividad educativa en Barranquilla (COLOMBIA)
Fundacin Colombiana de Leucemia y Linfoma. Haciendo presencia en Barranquilla.
Flying high !!! (United Kingdom)
I was diagnosed many years ago (1995) !! I am living a happy life with wonderful family :)
Don't Give Up! (Indonesia)
Diagnosed Januari, 2011. CML is a gift from GOD! Keep spirit and never ever give up!
Basil Jacobs - a healthy 67! (South Africa)
Was on Gleevec from 2003 - 2009. Stopped treatment in May 2009 and 9-22 "undetectable" to date.(Sept 2010)
CML Avareness day 22 Sept.2012 in Skopje-Macedonia (Macedonia)
Inter. CML Avareness day 22 Sept.2012.in Macedonia 1.Director of the Bureau for drugs Mr.Zahariev 2.Director of Clinic of hematol. Prof.Cevreska 3 Pepo Levi
International CML Avareness day 22 Sept.2012. (Macedonia)
Prof.Stojanovic from Clinic of hematology Skopje
Chrissy Ambrose fundraising for CML on Light the Night (Australia)
Here I am Lighting the Night here in Australia raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.I have had CML since 2008 and I am taking 600mg of Nilotinib and fortunately now have had a complete molecular response . With support from my loving family I treasure each day. We all live in hope of a cure..
It's me... (Bosnia & Herzegovina (SARAJEVO))
CML since 1994. Using Gleevec 100mg. Faith in God and faith in the doctor who cares about you! Thank God and thanks to my doctors I'm well now!
Pink Hair (UK)
I have had CML for 2 years, on the whole I live a normal life and have terrific support. One day, more cancers will have this kind of treatment, or even more targeted treatment, with more support from everyone.
Heading Out to Walk a Half-Marathon for Team in Training (Canada)
Don't let CML stop you from achieving your goals!
This picture is from an interview in a local News channel about 9/22nd, the experience was wonderful for me, tv viewing contact us to provide help to ASOPALEU. And I thank to God cause "Leukemia" has brought big oportunities to become a better person every day.
Kelly, Kris and Luca (UK)
I'm the one in the middle, Kris, with my wife Kelly and 1 year old son Luca. I was diagnosed with CML 5 years ago and am doing well on dasatinib. Thanks all. www.accesscmldrugs.wordpress.com
CML International Awareness day 22 Sept.2012 (Macedonia)
1.Director of the Bureau for drugs Mr.Zahariev 2.Director of the Clinick of hematology Prof.Cevreska and 2.Pepo Levi CML Macedonia
9 22 : symbolic number of LMC France race against CML (France)
This photo is specially dedicated to Jan who loves it on LMC France Facebook :)) Stephane
One of the winners of LMC France race against CML (France)
victory is in this photo ... that is for all CML patients in the world !
Phocéa Club !!! (france)
Notre quipe mobilis pour la course "tous unis,tous unique " le 23 septembre 2012 au parc borely !!!
Give CML a face - submit a photo now
Please give CML a face by submitting photos! Encourage as many patients as you can provide us with a photo that illustrates CML in some way! The photos will be displayed on this website and will give campaigns of CML organisations across the world a lively face what CML means to you!