The Foundation

The foundation "Verdriet door je hoofd" (Sadness through your head) (2008) has the following goals:

  • Informing and supporting children (3-18 years) who are confronted with cancer of their parents or other loved ones.
  • Informing parents, social workers, teachers and other stakeholders about what is going on in these children so that both children and parents can better deal with the situation.

The foundation tries to achieve these goals by, among other things:

  • Distributing material for and about these target groups
  • Creating the possibility to ask questions and contact with fellow sufferers
  • The development of teaching and information material

All members have knowledge of and experience with children with a father or mother with cancer.

drs. Nel Kleverlaan, president
Developmental psychologist
initiator foundation ‘Verdriet door je hoofd’

Janny Salomé, secretary
Oncology nurse n.p.
Sint Franciscus Gasthuis Rotterdam

drs. Thijs van Vegchel, treasurer
CLinical Computer Scientist
Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organisation

Bernard Neuhaus, boardmember
movie producer
initiator foundation ‘Verdriet door je hoofd’

Linda Lawa, boardmember
Artistic therapist and creative family therapist
Bikkels practice

Jetty Roedema, volunteer
experience expert

Committee of Recommendation
The foundation is supported by a Committee of Recommendation. The members publicly demonstrate their commitment to the foundation through your mind and the goals we pursue. The Committee looks at the plans from a personal and professional perspective and consists of:

  • dr. Jacqueline Stouthard
    Medical oncologist at theNKI-AVL
  • Ria Bremer
    Journalist and presenter
  • Peter Kapitein
    Initiator of Alpe 'd HuZes en Inspire2Life

Former boardmembers

  • Dr. Mecheline van der Linden
    Clinical psychologist at Amsterdam University hospital
  • Dr. Ferko Öry
    Pediatrician / applied natural science researcher TNO