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.

Jos Bregman
Jos Bregman is our Marketing & Communications Manager. With 10+ years commercial experience in marketing strategy and marketing execution, he is responsible for implementing and executing the digital marketing strategy to reach as many people as possible who suffer from cancer-related fatigue.

Amy Rich Rosenblum
Amy is our Marketing Director responsible for the U.S. market. She has spent over 10 years in the U.S. healthcare industry with a background in marketing strategy, development, and execution of healthcare initiatives. She is responsible for our launch planning, marketing partnerships and communications to generate adoption of the Untire app.

Atse Aukes
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
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.
Karen van Rassel has been involved with Lymphoma Coalition since its inception and CEO since 2010 and prior to that the ED of Lymphoma Canada since 2002. Before joining the healthcare sector, she was in the marketing and advertising industry for over 20 years. Karen has been involved with Tired of Cancer since 2014 because the LC Global Patient Survey points to fatigue as the number one issue with patients. This is a one of a kind support tool that will help patients understand that they are not alone and provide guidance and skills to help them with daily living.
Dr. Cobi Heijnen is one of the founding scientists in the field of psychoneuroimmunology. At MD Anderson Cancer Center, she seeks to understand the treatment of cancer-related stress, pain, fatigue and chemotheraphy-induced cognitive deficits, or chemobrain.
Dr. Hagenbeek has been working with cancer patients throughout his career and has specialized in malignant lymphoma/lymphnode cancer (both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma). “Cancer Related Fatigue (CRF) appeared to be a significant quality of life deteriorating phenomenon in (cured) patients in my hemato-oncology practice. Docters don’t ask their patients and patients don’t tell their docter , based on my own experience. Underlying reason for the docter : no idea how to handle CRF and for the patient : I don’t want to bother my docter… This unique app will help to change this unacceptable situation, providing improved perspectives for many thousands of patients worldwide who suffer from this undesirable side effect.”
Dr. Marije van der Lee is head of the scientific research department at the Helen Dowling Institute. She also works as a cognitive behavourial therapist and healthcare psychologist at the Helen Dowling Institute. Dr. Van der Lee is involved in several e-health research projects in the field of cancer-related fatigue and hopes to see the Tired of Cancer app help many cancer patients to regain a good quality of life.

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.