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Dutch born André Lassooij (1958), a double lung transplant recipient since 1996, is planning a cycling tour to highlight the benefits of physical activity for children with an organ transplant’
The tour will begin in The Netherlands on 27 August 2016. From there he will cycle to Belgium, UK, France and Spain visiting transplant centres along the way in every one of these countries.

CYCLING TOUR CALENDAR

Goals:

The main goal of this project is to raise awareness for kids with heart-, lung-, liver- kidney, intestine or bone marrow transplant and the importance to be physical active.

Therefore media attention will be sought during de cycling tour from Amsterdam to Malaga.
During visits to the transplant centres for children in Amsterdam, Groningen, Nijmegen, Utrecht, Leiden, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Leuven, Gent, London, Paris, Tours, Poitiers, Bordeaux, San Sebastian, Madrid, Sevilla and at Malaga, presentations will be held.

Info

For those of you who would like to join André for one or more of the legs of the journey please consult the itinerary (link will follow). Everyone is welcome to join at their own cost and those who do join are asked to seek sponsorship for the project.

If you are interested in joining please go to info@kidsforlife.org and inform us of the dates and number of people who wish to participate.

Furthermore in these presentations attention will be drawn to associations that work for transplanted children, like TACKERS, by country the sport associations for transplanted, Transplant Sport UK, Foundation MAKE-A-WISH and the World Transplant Games Federation.

The country Transplant Sports Association
Like Transplant Sport UK  is offering active sports programs for organ transplanted children, as well as organizing teams to the World Transplant Games.
One of the goals of this project is to raise awareness and promote the physical activities for the transplanted children in these countries.

TACKERS
Transplant Adventure Camps for Kids is an international camp in Anzère, Switzerland, that aims to help transplant recipient children post transplant to gain confidence and learn to ‘fly with their own wings’.
André was this year a volunteer at Tackers!

The MAKE-A-WISH Foundation makes wishes of children with life threatening illnesses come true, for instance children in need of or who have undergone a transplant.

The World Transplant Games Federation organises international sports events for transplant recipients. Children are encouraged to practise all kinds of sports and aspire to attend the Games.

Media & Promotion

André has some key messages he would like to convey through press coverage and social media:
1. An organ transplant is not the end of the world. Post transplant there is a great quality of life. These children have a future.
2. Donor families have to live with a great loss, but had the courage to give another child it’s life back. This may never be forgotten…

Sponsorship & Finance:

This project is only possible with support of the Dutch Transplant Foundation, Eurotransplant and six transplant centres for children, Emma kinderziekenhuis Amsterdam Medical Centre, the Beatrix kinderziekenhuis, Universitair Medical Centre Groningen, Amalia Kinderziekenhuis Nijmegen, Radboudumc Amalia kinderziekenhuis, Wilhelmina kinderziekenhuis Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht and the Willem Alexander Kinderziekenhuis Leids Universitair Medical Centre en Erasmus MC-Sophia Rotterdam and the Make-A-Wish Foundation in The Netherlands.

Further sponsorship will be sought in pharmaceutical companies and patient associations and various businesses. Careful planning will keep costs as low as possible.

All remaining funds at the end of the project will go to
– TACKERS
– to the children at the named associations of particular countries
– Foundation MAKE-A-WISH
– in the Netherlands for a workshop in cooperation the 6 children transplant centres in with the theme “Transplantation Children and to be Active”.
The sponsoring from Belgium, United Kingdom, France and Spain will be divided over Tackers, the country associations for their children and Stichting Make-A-Wish.

André Lassooij (link)

“Since 1996 I have gained a lot of experience as President of a number of sports and transplant related foundations, competing in high level sports as a transplant recipient athlete and as the initiator of the expedition Kilimanjaro (for a transplant recipient and medical team).

In 2013 I was elected onto the World Transplant Games Federation Council (WTGF) and in September 2015 I was awarded ELF (European Lung Foundation) Award (link), previously awarded to FC Barcelona and Mr. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York.

I would like to put all the transplant-related experiences since my operation into making this project a huge success.”

I want to thank all the volunteers who are contributing to this project.

Februari 2016

André Lassooij
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