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Kite4Life is a foundation that brings cancer patients, survivors of cancer and their relatives together to learn the beautiful sport of kitesurfing. “I want to bring feelings of freedom, hope and pride back.” This great idea has started after an everything but ideal situation that Baris was in. The founder of Kite4Life is a cancer survivor as well. He knows like no other what kind of impact cancer can have on your life, but also on your family and relatives. Even when you have recovered physically, the emotional aftermath can be devastating.
“I’ve been diagnosed, have had surgery and have been sent back home after 5 days. After I was ‘cured’, another metastasis was found and had to go through another healing process. Later, when I finally could rest and reflect on everything, my life collapsed around me. The psychosocial impact of cancer was huge. The peace in my relationship and family was under great pressure. In this phase, my wife and I made a really good decision: Booking our first kitesurfing lesson. After the first lesson, we both felt how great of a distraction kitesurfing can be. During the lesson you’re very focussed on what you are learning and this way you don’t have time to think about your daily troubles.”
VLOG: KICK-OFF EVENT KITE4LIFE - 25-5-2019
Captions in English are available.