My brother has been battling cancer for the last 7 years. He is a true inspiration and has personally been through 15 chemo treatments and 10 radiotherapy treatments. In 2008 it was my pleasure to accompany my other brother Andrew to Holland for stem cell replacement therapy for my brother David, and spend time helping them all. Not an easy task with three older siblings together but truly an experience.
This weekend he embarks on something wonderful. He is climbing a mountain on a bike!
Alpe d’HuZes – www.opgevenisgeenoptie.nl
Alpe d’Huzes was created with the aim to empower people to convert the sense of powerlessness, caused by cancer, into one of strength. Since 2006 we have encouraged and challenged people to extend their boundaries beyond what they thought were possible. Alpe d’HuZes is founded on the absolute belief that you can attain the greatest possible satisfaction if you put your heart and soul into helping others. Our motto is “Never, ever quit”! We refuse to accept any limitations in what we can and will achieve. This is true for the cyclists, sponsors, and physicians, but mostly of course for the patients themselves.
Alpe d’HuZes’ goal is to develop a custom-made rehabilitation program for cancer patients that will be totally covered by the national health insurance. We feel this is necessary because at the moment cancer patients do not have an appropriate rehabilitation program designed for their specific needs such as those available for heart patients. For Alpe d’HuZes rehabilitation is of the utmost importance to cancer patients, as it adds to their quality of life. Our goals and philosophy are echoed in our mission statement: To facilitate and inspire people to lead Happy and Healthy lives in Harmony with cancer. Our foundation works for this unique program together with the KWF Kankerbestrijding (Dutch Cancer Society), Vrije Universiteit Medical Center, The Academisch Medisch Centrum, The Dutch Cancer Institute, and the Telematica Institute.
In 2009 at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Alpe d’HuZes will establish a Faculty Chair: Living with Cancer. The focus of this chair will reach beyond the basic rehabilitation program that deals primarily with the physical aspects of living with cancer and aims to combine and coordinate the physical and social aspects of life with cancer.