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Think-Pink

Who are we?

Think-Pink is the national breast cancer campaign and aims to improve the lives of breast cancer patients and their families. Think-Pink has four clearly defined objectives:

  • Providing information
  • Raising awareness
  • Funding research
  • Funding care and follow-up care projects

Think-Pink has three funds to achieve these objectives. Through the Beautifull Lengths Fund, Think-Pink can help women acquire a wig. The purpose of the Share your Care Fund is to make life with or after cancer a little easier through a small gesture or a sign of support. Through the SMART Fund Think-Pink finances scientific research relating to new methods concerning detection, treatment and follow-up care of breast cancer.

Exercise is very important and reduces the risk of breast cancer. Think-Pink therefore organises many sporting events.

The Race for The Cure in Namur, Brussels and Antwerp, the Bike for Think-Pink rides, but also walking and running events. Anyone, regardless of athletic level or physical condition, can participate. For breast cancer patients it is important to be able to continue their daily activities, in spite of their disease. For this reason, Think-Pink is a positive campaign

Think-Pink team

Heidi Vansevenant

Think-Pink grew out of my own experiences as a cancer patient. In September 2000 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The tumour was removed but the metastases in the lymphatic vessels are still there. I decided to use my strength and energy to do something for fellow cancer survivors. With the financial support of Samsung Mobile, the non-profit organisation Think-Pink saw the daylight on 21 September 2007. Through the years I could develop the organisation as a positive prevention campaign with a clear message: don’t give breast cancer a chance. It is our aim to offer people support during a difficult period in their lives. I know that being ill is hard. Even when you are cured of the disease, issues related to it keep lingering in your mind. However, life with the disease and afterwards is possible. For me, that life is called Think-Pink. This is my way of giving breast cancer survivors the courage they need to keep going.

Jürgen Vanpraet

For a number of years I had the opportunity to work for a variety of non-profit organisations. Never did I notice a greater involvement of people than when breast cancer was concerned. The disease has a big impact on the community and the fight against it deserves everyone’s support. I therefore want to commit myself to the continued search for partners in the fight against breast cancer. In Belgium, every day 7 people die of breast cancer. 7 too many every day. There is still a long way to go but we feel hopeful that we can contribute to the fight against breast cancer.

Joke Carlier

Being a responsible for communication I'm eager to put my back into Think-Pink's strong mission: don’t give breast cancer a chance. Everybody knows a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter or friend who has to wage war against the disease. Me too. That's why I want to support them by writing texts to spread our message, by making publicity for the events,by sharing warm stories of fellow-sufferers and their environment.

Febe Vandamme

I feel honored to work for an organization as Think-Pink. It’s fantastic to dedicate my capacities daily in easing the struggle of women with breast cancer. I try to make people susceptible, to inform and to support them through accurate information and a positive input. It’s also a great pleasure to put my back into the “Geef om Haar” project of Think-Pink.

Joke Vanbrabant

I will never forget my first encounter with Heidi Vansevenant and Jürgen Vanpraet. Their enthusiasm and dedication were contagious and Think-Pink immediately gained a special place in my heart. The wonderful initiatives, events and valuable activities appealed greatly to me. I did not hesitate to join Think-Pink as a project manager when the opportunity presented itself. Sports and physical activity have always occupied a central place in my life: I participated in swimming competitions as a teenager and until this day I enjoy to go biking, swimming, spinning and running. Being active makes me fit and cheerful, and provides me with tonnes of energy. I want to share this love of sports with other women through the move programme and its three pillars: Bike, Run and Walk for Think-Pink.

Marieke Versavel

After my studies I have always wanted to organize sport events. When I saw the vacancy at Think-Pink, I didn't hesitate for a moment. Organizing sport events in the non-profit section is a combination I’ve always dreamt of. That's why I dedicate myself for 100% in supporting these fantastic initiatives to make people move. Moving reduces the risk of breast cancer!

Marie Descamps

After my studies I was offered the opportunity to work at the local office of my favourite youth organisation. I could get my hands dirty with the organisation of events and courses and by offering support to local subdivisions. My experience has proven to be very valuable for the new challenge I have found at Think-Pink. Through the events we organise I want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in physical activity. I try to reach this goal together with the volunteers and the Think-Pink team.

Jessica Chacana Hernandez

When I was 21 my mother told me she suffered from breast cancer. Two years later, after a very brave struggle, she died, leaving 2 minors behind. We remind her as a strong and competitive woman. Her death caused an enormous shock, followed by frustration and impotence, because I had been incapable of helping her to beat this cancer definitely. That’s when I decided to shift my ground professionally and to join Think-Pink. Thank you little sister for having talked about this npo when you had your beautiful long hair cut for Think-Pink. This kind of actions attracts me so much in Think-Pink: small things, such as offering your hair, can make an ill person smile again.

Board of directors

Sandra Geens

Honorary member of the board of directors. Sandra lost her battle against breast cancer on 6 August 2013. “At the end of May 2012 I was on my way to Antwerp when you called me. I thought: ‘I hope it is not bad news’. You told me everything: about the metastases, your treatments, your fears. We both started crying. The world stopped turning for a moment. We kept in touch by phone, but only when you weren’t feeling too tired or when you felt like having a chat. I really appreciated your honesty! You were also honest with me when you called me at the beginning of September to say goodbye. You thought we would never see each other again. But you were strong, stronger than anyone had ever imagined possible. At the end of September you came to the Race for The Cure in a wheelchair. You just had to be present, no matter how hard it was. A few weeks later you looked radiant at the Think-Pink Gala Dinner in Brussels. Your life continued like this for a few more months, until now… Sweet Sandra, you are a beautiful and courageous woman. An example for many. It all seems so unreal and in my heart you will have a special place for ever. We continue the fight for you! Big hug, Heidi.”

Josiane Lemaire

A few years ago one of my best friends died of breast cancer. Since then I get a mammography done every two years and I try to convince as many women as possible to do the same.

Patricia Van Campen

As a nurse I come into contact with patients on a daily basis. Many of them need a listening ear and because of the high work pressure it is not always possible to meet this need. For this reason I decided to commit myself to helping them outside of my work at the clinic. From my first meeting with Heidi I was impressed by her incredible talent to motive people. Myself included! Every time I go to one of the Think-Pink events, it feels like coming home. A fantastic feeling! It gives me the needed energy to commit myself for 100 % to Think-Pink.

Serge Vandriessche

Serge has been part of Think-Pink from the very beginning. He puts his business expertise to good use for the organisation and takes care of public relations.

Jürgen Vanpraet

For a number of years I had the opportunity to work for a variety of non-profit organisations. Never did I notice a greater involvement of people than when breast cancer was concerned. The disease has a big impact on the community and the fight against it deserves everyone’s support. I therefore want to commit myself to the continued search for partners in the fight against breast cancer. In Belgium, every day 7 people die of breast cancer. 7 too many every day. There is still a long way to go but we feel hopeful that we can contribute to the fight against breast cancer.

Heidi Vansevenant

Think-Pink grew out of my own experiences as a cancer patient. In September 2000 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The tumour was removed but the metastases in the lymphatic vessels are still there. I decided to use my strength and energy to do something for fellow cancer survivors. With the financial support of Samsung Mobile, the non-profit organisation Think-Pink saw the daylight on 21 September 2007. Through the years I could develop the organisation as a positive prevention campaign with a clear message: don’t give breast cancer a chance. It is our aim to offer people support during a difficult period in their lives. I know that being ill is hard. Even when you are cured of the disease, issues related to it keep lingering in your mind. However, life with the disease and afterwards is possible. For me, that life is called Think-Pink. This is my way of giving breast cancer survivors the courage they need to keep going.

The medical advisory board

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