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He only had a few months left to live, so he worked his #ss off to leave an incredible legacy

He only had a few months left to live, so he worked his #ss off to leave an incredible legacy
Source: BrightVibes

In stead of travelling to beautiful places, Frederik dedicated his last months to improving other patients’ lives. And he has an extremely important message for us all.

This story starts sad, but please continue reading it and watch the video below, as it contains a message that’s extremely important to us all. 

Frederik van den Broek spent his last months working hard to leave a legacySource: Youtube BrightVibes

Living the life

Frederik van den Broek fully enjoyed life. He loved partying, lived in Amsterdam, NY and Barcelona, had loads of friends and a great job as user experience designer in the financial sector. He was living ‘the’ life. 

Frederik and his sister Marleen celebrating Queens day in Amsterdam
Frederik and his sister Marleen celebrating Queens day in Amsterdam Source: None

A few months left…

But then fate hit him. Hard! In March 2015 he heard that he had a big brain tumor – and unlike in 2012 when they found a tumor for the first time – this time it could not be cured. He was told he only had a few months left to live. 

Let that sink in for a minute… 

Frederik’s response to this terrible news did not paralyse him. Nor did he decide to travel the world. No, he decided to spend his last energy on improving people’s life. 

Frederik having a meeting with the MindApp team and his doctors at the VUmc Brain Tumor Center in Amsterdam.
MindApp meeting at the hospital Frederik having a meeting with the MindApp team and his doctors at the VUmc Brain Tumor Center in Amsterdam. Source: None
Frederik sees the mockups of the app for the first time Source: None

So much support

Frederik and his friends tried to crowdfund the budget  to develop the app, but they had little time left and were still tens of thousands of Euros short. When I first heard of this, I wanted to help. In my mind it was unacceptable that someone who was dying and chose to do such a selfless act – leaving a legacy that helps future patients – would not be able to realise his fantastic dream.

By coincidence, the next day after I had learned about Frederik’s initiative I had a meeting with Microsoft Nederland. I told them about the MindApp initiative and – amazingly – my warm hearted friends at Microsoft said they wanted to help pro bono with the realisation of the MindApp. Another important partner is the VUmc Brain Tumor Centre Amsterdam who help by providing their expertise.

The Into the Clear foundation, VUmc and Microsoft are working hard on the first test release of the app with a closed user group.

Here you see a mock-up with the main functionalities of the app.
Until the end, Frederik kept working on the MindApp Here you see a mock-up with the main functionalities of the app. Source: None

Not in vain

Within a few weeks time Frederik was shown the concept designs, only a couple of days before he passed away. I’m very happy that we were able to bring all parties together. Frederik passed away with the confidence that all his efforts until his very last breath, have not been in vain. He has laid the foundation from which other patients like Frederik will benefit from in the near future.

You can tell that working on the MindApp, gave Frederik energy Source: None

NOW

But besides leaving a legacy for other patients, Frederik also has an extremely important message which we can all benefit from. Frederik told us that working on the MindApp has been the highlight of his life. The key message I derive from this, is that; 

We should not wait with doing what really matters to us. We should do it NOW. 

Most of know this, but it is easier said than done. Let Frederik’s story be an inspiration to us all to figure what matters most to us, and then GO FOR IT.

On 30 August 2015 Frederik passed away. Thank you for being such an inspiration.
R.I.P. Frederik van den Broek On 30 August 2015 Frederik passed away. Thank you for being such an inspiration. Source: None

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