UMC Utrecht – Cancer Care Challenge
Last Sunday, more than 20 teams gathered for the start of the UMC Utrecht Cancer Care Challenge, a fundraising event organized by the Julius Center and the UMC Utrecht Cancer Center.
The challenge was to complete the Utrecht Triathlon. The race was held in a lovely setting, with the sun shining down on the professionally laid out triathlon route along the clear waters of the Strijkviertel bathing lake.
After a big welcome at the UMC Utrecht tent and a group picture in UMC kits, the participants witnessed the presentation of the fundraising check for almost €8,500. Once the check had been presented to Jos Kuilboer, the manager of the UMC Utrecht Cancer Center and an enthusiastic athlete, the race started and the first brave warriors plunged into the water, all in the name of charity.
After 750 meters of swimming, the first athlete to emerge from the water was, much to our joy, our UMC colleague Germijn Heijnen. Thanks to Jaap Trappenburg and Saskia van Vugt from the Julius Center, who showed off their speed during subsequent cycling and running stages, the UMC's “Flying Medics” team even came out on top and were crowned the winners.
But just as important as these Speedy Gonzaleses were the other 37 UMC colleagues who also took part in this charity event. It was inspiring to see how these experienced and less experienced athletes pushed their boundaries to contribute to the further improvement of collaboration in the care for cancer patients.
At the end of the race, all participants, including professors, GPs, trainee GPs, oncology nurses, physical therapists, researchers and other brave people committed to this good cause, were tired but very also enthusiastic. During the cooldown, they were already making plans for another UMC Challenge in 2017.
After a lovely day, the event had (preliminarily) raised € 8,500, and a large group of people who had shared a great experience could look forward to two further challenges. The first challenge is the individual challenge I will undertake on July 31, and the second is of course to put the money raised to good use.
Any support for this initiative is obviously more than welcome. To find out more about the cancer care initiative or if you would like to contribute financially, go to my personal fundraising page!
While I'm a bit sad that this first wonderful joint effort is now behind us, I look forward to next year's Challenge.
Lead cancer and general practice researcher & GP specialty trainer, Julius Center