INTERVIEW: KITE4LIFE

     5-6-19 / 29-4-19

Cancer and kitesurfing. Yeah, that’s a combination you don’t think about that often, right? Baris from Kite4Life does though! On the 17th of April on 2019 I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Baris about this beautiful foundation with a rock solid goal. 
 
Check out the vlog to see the interview and get to know everything about the Kite4Life kick-off, that will take place in Zandvoort on the 25th of May  2019! Check the video at the end of this page to see the vlog about this kick-off event!

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.”

Baris told me about the positive effects of kitesurfing on his life, but also on the life of his family! Conversations weren’t about problems anymore, but about kitesurfing, the wind, kitesurfing techniques and everything else related to kitesurfing. When you’re a kitesurfer you know that in the world of kiting it doesn’t matter who you are, how rich you are or where you come from. As long as you’re holding a kite, you’re part of the community. 
 
To share all these positive changes with other cancer patients, survivors of cancer and their relatives, Baris started the Kite4Life foundation. Kite4Life already has a lot of big names supporting the foundation, Ruben Lenten for example! 
 
On the 25th of May, 2019, the kick-off of Kite4Life will take place at the watersports association in Zandvoort. Kite4Life will offer 25 Dutch cancer patients, survivors of cancer and their relatives, the possibility to experience the positive effects of their first kitesurfing lesson. Before the lessons, a brief story will be told about Kite4Life, followed by a scientific explanation about the positive effects of leisure on the recovery process by a medical specialist. For this day a fee of €15,- per person will be required, as well as another optional €15,- fee for lunch and drinks after the kitesurfing lesson. In addition, all participants will be offered a kitesurfing package deal after the lessons, which will cost only €35,- for 9 hours (3×3 hours)! 
 

Currently there a still spots available for the kick-off. Are you a cancer patient or survivor of cancer living in The Netherlands? Then you are eligible to subscribe via https://kite4lifefoundation.org/aanmelden/. Do you know a cancer patient or survivor of cancer living in The Netherlands? Send them this blog, the subscription link or this website link: https://kite4lifefoundation.org
 
Kite4Life hopes to make this a yearly event and maybe even on other locations throughout the Netherlands! This year, there will also be a fundraiser event, where the kitesurfing community will have the opportunity to learn from kitesurfing pro’s ánd support this great foundation! 
 
Make sure to check out https://kite4lifefoundation.org  and don’t forget to support this great foundation on Facebook and Instagram!
 
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VLOG: KICK-OFF EVENT KITE4LIFE - 25-5-2019

Captions in English are available. 

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