From the heart: support Rogier’s life-changing work!

from € 85.000 (92%)

Rogier Veltrop, along with a number of his family members, should have died long ago of a rare heart condition. Thanks to a donor heart, the researcher is still alive. In gratitude for this second chance at life, Rogier has dedicated himself heart and soul to his mission: finding a solution once and for all for cardiovascular diseases. 

He is now on the eve of a revolutionary breakthrough in his research... 

Blood cell becomes heart cell
Rogier has succeeded in turning blood cells into stem cells, which he then turns into heart cells. These new cells can replace defective and diseased parts of the heart. A pioneering innovation that: 

  • solves the problem instead of just treating the symptoms
  • is personalised to each patient
  • allows for rapid intervention
  • reduces healthcare costs
  • reduces animal experiments
  • enables faster recovery (both physical and mental) 

Naturally, Rogier wants to know more
Can his discovery help all present and future cardiovascular patients? How can we use this method to gain more insight into the diseases? How do we translate the treatment into practice? And: will one vial of blood really be enough to give someone their life back?

To answer these questions, more research is needed. Unfortunately, Rogier does not have the funding to pay for the equipment and materials and to expand towards a sustainable research line worth in total €85,000. That’s why he is asking you: can you contribute to research into this treatment?


“The corona crisis has once again demonstrated how vulnerable people with cardiovascular diseases are. NOW is the time to take action.” – Rogier Veltrop, Maastricht University researcher at the Department of Biochemistry of the Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM)

Working together for a life-changing treatment for cardiovascular diseases!

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24-09-2020 | 22:51 Omdat elkaar een warm hart toedragen belangrijk is.💕🍀
21-09-2020 | 16:56 To: Team Van Dongen Je zal het maar overkomen dat je geconfronteerd wordt met een familiaire belasting van zo'n ernstige hartafwijking. Dan wil toch iedereen een beetje hulp ontvangen.
21-09-2020 | 16:02 To: Doen
21-09-2020 | 15:00 To: Team Van Dongen Mooi initiatief om aan bij te dragen. Sterkte allemaal!
21-09-2020 | 09:18 To: Doen
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Ruud and team have arrived!

09-09-2020 | 16:22 Last Monday, Ruud's cycling tour of 1000 kilometers, across the Netherlands, came to an end. The finish was in Maastricht, at Maastricht University. With his tour, he raised no less than €10,000 for the life-changing cardiovascular research of Rogier Veltrop.At the finish, Ruud was also welcomed by Vivianne Heijnen, Deputy Mayor of Maastricht.We would like to thank him one more time for this amazing achievement. Together will all other donors, he has brought Rogier another step closer to achieving his goals: to reduce cardiovascular burden.Other contributions to the research of Rogier are still very welcome! Go to our crowdfunding platform UM Crowd.(Photography: Linda van de Wiel)
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