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.

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€50 Donate 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 donors No longer available €75 Donate 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 donors No longer available €650 Donate Signed cycling jersey Marianne Vos - A beautiful signed cycling jersey from Marianne Vos (Team Jumbo-Visma) as a thank you! 1 donor No longer available €825 Donate 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 donor No longer available €200 Donate 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. 1 available €500 Donate 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 donor No longer available €375 Donate 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 donor No longer available Other Amount Other  - I want to choose my own amount
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De finish is bijna bereikt

24-09-2021 | 10:09 De finish van de crowdfunding campagne van oud-wielrenner Stig Broeckx voor het HersenStrijd Fonds is in zicht! Nog minder dan een week en dan hopen we het streefbedrag van €25.000,- te halen. We zijn er bijna! Dank aan iedereen die hieraan heeft bijgedragen. Meer dan 150 particulieren en bedrijven doen mee. Wie geeft Stig en het innovatieve onderzoek naar hersenschade het laatste (financiële) duwtje?Goede voorbeeldStig gaf het goede voorbeeld. Hij liep vijf jaar geleden bij een val hersenletsel op, en overtrof zichzelf door de finish van de ‘Hel van Kempen’ te halen. Iets dat voor onmogelijk werd gehouden, werd realiteit. Hij bereikte waar hij naar streefde. We hopen dat ook het HersenStrijd Fonds glansrijk over de meet gaat.
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