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Bram Kuiper
Bram Kuiper, PhD Founder / CEO / Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Bram Kuiper is a clinical psychologist, scientific entrepreneur and CEO of Tired of Cancer. Up until July 2017, Bram was the CEO of the Helen Dowling Institute for psycho-oncology and research. With over thirty years of experience in the field of psycho-oncology and in co-writing treatment protocols, he has now devoted his career to seeing the Tired of Cancer app help as many people as possible who suffer from cancer-related fatigue.

Door Vonk, MA.
Door Vonk, MA. Founder / CCO
Door Vonk is a social entrepreneur and founding partner of Tired of Cancer, where she holds the position of CCO. While Door started her career at a bank, she has accumulated over twenty years of experience in fundraising, financial and communication management of social enterprises. She left her own advisory company after nine years to dedicate her full attention and skills to Tired of Cancer.

Inge Bevers
Inge Bevers, MSc. COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Inge Bevers is our marketing manager. She studied Psychology, with a focus on media, cognition and (online) ergonomics. For the past ten years, she has been working in market research and online marketing. At Tired of Cancer, she can put her marketing and psychology skills to use to promote our app across the globe.


Irene van Oostrum
Irene van Oostrum, BSc. JR. PROJECT OFFICER
Irene van Oostrum recently graduated in Communication Studies and specialized in fundraising. At Tired of Cancer, she works as a junior project officer. She supports the marketing communications activities with great enthusiasm and drive. Irene puts her millennial skills to use to help Tired of Cancer reach as many fatigued cancer patients as possible.


Atse Aukes
Atse Aukes, MSc. SR. PROJECT MANAGER
Atse Aukes is our all-round project manager. He is responsible for guiding the app’s development, our research project, IT & legal matters, among other things. With a background in Business Administration, Atse has gained seven years of broad IT experience in the field of eHealth, specifically in the mental health sector. With full enthusiasm, he now puts all his skills to use to help make our app a success.
Peter Gielissen
Peter Gielissen
Advisor
Peter Gielissen is a multimedia and publishing entrepreneur and operates as advisor to Tired of Cancer. In the early days of the internet, Peter founded his first company that brought streaming technology to the Netherlands. Later, he founded a second company (20 FTE), Damocles Publishing, which was acquired by the global ICT company Lost Boys. He has over 25 years of experience within the (fast changing) multimedia business and he is still pioneering technical (digital broadcasting) and media business innovations (shared revenue business models). Peter is with Tired of Cancer because of its potential to innovate medical new media.
Laurens van Kampen
Laurens van Kampen Advisor
Laurens van Kampen is an experienced businessman, having worked the last 15 years for several major (international) companies as director and general manager. In his personal life he has been committed to non-profit initiatives in the field of psycho-oncology. He puts his strategic thinking and goal-oriented advice to use in the Tired of Cancer advisory board.

Henk van der Wal
Henk van der Wal Advisor
Henk van der Wal runs a family-owned, asset based international transport company for more than 35 years and serves as an advisor to Tired of Cancer. In 2009, he decided to change the strategy of the company and created a virtual transport company, a so-called 4 party logistics company. This company is one of the biggest virtual transport companies in Europe. By using the best available software in the industry, Van der Wal’s second company – SmartWay Logistics – makes European transport more sustainable and transparent. Henk supports Tired of Cancer with his business background because he strongly believes, also from personal experience, that the tool will help people during difficult periods in their lives.

    Our Story

    In 2011, Dr Bram Kuiper and Door Vonk met while working at the Helen Dowling Institute (HDI), a psychological centre for cancer patients in the Netherlands. Before he became the CEO of the HDI in 2000, Bram worked at the VU Medical Centre in Amsterdam as a clinical psychologist. He offered psychological support to hundreds of cancer patients and their loved ones, provided intervision to oncological nurses and was an active advocate for integrating psychological care with medical care. Door ran her own advisory company and worked at the HDI as a fundraiser when their paths crossed. Both of them noticed that many cancer patients were suffering from severe fatigue as a result of their cancer, the medical treatments and the emotional and social impact of their illness.

    After creating successful group interventions with fatigued cancer patients, the HDI started an online training program in 2009 for the treatment of cancer-related fatigue. The training consisted of a nine-week program and weekly feedback from therapists. The results of a study on the online intervention in 2012 were amazing: 35% of the users noticed a significant, positive change in their level of fatigue. Another 50% felt much less fatigued. So 85% benefited from the therapy. It even proved to be equal to face-to-face intervention. Bram and Door realized that this was something they could take to the next level. So many more people could benefit from this! However, to upscale the online intervention in this form was impossible, with the weekly consults with therapists. They decided to turn the online therapy into an English language app, to reach millions of fatigued cancer patients worldwide, even though they knew nothing about building apps. If they’d only known what they would be up against…

    Since 2012, Bram and Door have been on a rollercoaster ride called Tired of Cancer. Inevitable set-backs didn’t prevent them from pursuing their goal. They blindly put their own money into the project, fully convinced that they would succeed in the end. Again and again they managed to convince investors and stakeholders with their heartfelt story and unstoppable passion for making this app. And time and time again people put their faith in their mission, even though there was no sign of the app yet. For five years Bram and Door worked in the evenings and weekends to develop their project. Admission to the Horizon2020 Phase 2 program of the European Commission was a major turning point: since July 2017 Bram and Door stopped working at the HDI and started working fulltime at Tired of Cancer. They even hired three young potentials to help them. They found creative partners to help realize their vision and technical partners to build the app. With the team working at full speed, the English version of the app will be launched in early 2018. Dutch, German and Spanish version will follow in the months thereafter.

    Bram and Door are proud to say that the Tired of Cancer app delivers an effective, easy-to-use, self-management tool for the treatment of cancer-related fatigue. They are driven by the opportunity to increase the reach and impact of this tool worldwide for fatigued cancer patients and cannot wait to show you the app and all its benefits.