Marek Szczesny passed away on October 25, 2010. Born on May 5, 1939 in Poland, Marek was an engineer and happily married man for more then 40 years. He was also the father of two sons, Krzysztof and Bartosz.
The Life Raft Group has outreach programs in many countries, including some where Novartis doesn’t offer any formal assistance program through the Max Foundation. The foundation can only operate in countries where Glivec (Gleevec) has been formally approved for the treatment of CML (chronic myelogenous leukemia) or GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumor). In these countries there is program in place for patients to apply for assistance in obtaining Glivec.