Stig Broeckx: to 'Hell' and back against brain injury

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In 2016, disaster struck for the talented Belgian cyclist Stig Broeckx. Riding for the Lotto–Soudal team, he was involved in a serious crash during the Tour of Belgium. The accident left him in a coma with severe brain damage.                                                

His doctors were pessimistic, but against all odds, Stig managed to recover. Thanks to a combination of intensive rehabilitation, endless enthusiasm and dogged perseverance, he is now even back on his bike. His story — captured in his book Never say never and the film ‘De Stig’ — has since inspired countless people. Stig is now an ambassador for Maastricht University’s Brain Battle Fund.

Join the Brain Battle!
The Brain Battle Fund supports research on innovative treatments for severe brain injuries. The current approach still leaves too many patients with permanent brain damage. High time to develop new treatments!

To raise money for this research, Stig wants to ride part of Hel van de Kempen, a cycle race that starts and finishes in his hometown of Dessel on 11 September. This is an incredibly special effort for an important cause. Will you show your support by making a donation? Or raise sponsorship money and cycle part of the way with Stig? Either way, all funds raised will go directly to the Brain Battle Fund.

Saving more brain cells
The Brain Battle Fund will use the money to purchase a new monitor, for example, enabling doctors to better monitor the activity and oxygen levels in the brains of coma patients. This way, they can adjust the treatment as needed, save more brain cells and, ultimately, help patients to recover from brain injury.


“On behalf of Stig and the Brain Battle Fund, I would like to thank you for your contribution. Together we’re extending a lifeline to people with brain injuries!” —Marcel Aries, founder of the fund and intensive-care neurologist at the MUMC+ (left in photo)


UM Crowd is part of University Fund Limburg/SWOL. This Fund is a recognized 'algemeen nut beogende instelling' (ANBI). This hallmark means that your donation is, in principle, tax deductable. You will receive an automatically generated e-mail with a proof of payment after your donation. Click here for more information about ANBI.

50 € Spenden Signed book “Never say never” - A must-have! As a gesture for your donation, you will receive a signed edition of the inspirational book by Stig “Never say never”! 20 Spender Nicht mehr verfügbar 75 € Spenden Lazer bicycle helmet - Thanks for the wonderful contribution. As a gesture for this donation, Lazer will be offering a beautiful bicycle helmet as a gift: the Lazer Compact helmet with MIPS. Safety first! 5 Spender Nicht mehr verfügbar 650 € Spenden Signed cycling jersey Marianne Vos - A beautiful signed cycling jersey from Marianne Vos (Team Jumbo-Visma) as a thank you! 1 Spender Nicht mehr verfügbar 825 € Spenden Gesigneerde bollentrui Tim Wellens - Merci voor jouw donatie. Als dank een gesigneerde bollentrui van wielrenner Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) van de Tour de France 2019. Tim fietste maar liefst 15 dagen in deze prachtige tricot! 1 Spender Nicht mehr verfügbar 200 € Spenden Signed cycling jersey José Hermida - Muchas gracias! Thank you for your donation. A signed shirt by José Hermida, 2010 World Cross Country Champion, as a thank you. Nicht mehr verfügbar 500 € Spenden Signed cycling jersey Wilco Kelderman - Very special! Thank you for your donation. A signed cycling jersey from Wilco Kelderman’s professional cycling team BORA-Hansgrohe as a thank you! 1 Spender Nicht mehr verfügbar 375 € Spenden photography art featuring Stig (limited edition)  - Thank you for your donation! As a gesture you will receive an exquisite 50x75cm piece of photography art, made by Matjoo!, featuring Stig from his Lotto-Soudal period, printed on a classical canvas and set in a wonderful floating frame. There are only 3 pieces available! 1 Spender Nicht mehr verfügbar 750 € Spenden Empfehlung Signed jersey Team Lotto Soudal (Paris-Roubaix) - Save the best for last! Thanks for your donation. As a gesture Team Lotto Soudal awards you with a jersey signed by all cyclists of the Paris-Roubaix race 2021! Nicht mehr verfügbar
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Stig Broeckx across the finish line: almost € 30,000 for less brain injury

12-11-2021 | 15:56 Former cyclist Stig Broeckx and his team have committed themselves to raise money for the Brain Battle Fund. In total, almost € 30,000 was raised. This allows the MUMC+ in Maastricht to purchase a new brain monitor. Marcel Aries is founder of the fund and an intensive care neurologist at MUMC+. We would like to thank all donors and stakeholders for their contribution! Familie Broeckx Codagex (Dessel) Lotto Soudal Soudal Belisol DHL Belgium Marc Bijl Jule Smeets Raoul van Dort Raymond Kerckhoffs Shimano Experience Centre Textielprijs Vichte Profronde  
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