In 2012, I decided to climb the Mont Ventoux. I always dreamed of doing it, but due to the risk of the surgeries I had to undergo, I wasn’t sure I could make that dream come true in the future. So I just decided to go for it before surgeries. It was an emotional and intense adventure and I knew I would come back if my surgeries allowed me to. So during rehab I had only one goal and that was the Ventoux. Everyone thought I was crazy, even my physio.
And that’s when Koen comes into this story.
In 2017 I felt strong enough to do it again. I did end up with some nerve damage from surgeries. Some muscles do not work anymore. When I cycle I have a strong and a weak leg and when I climb, I push myself up with one leg.
So I started to train again to climb one side of the Ventoux and I asked Koen if it would be ok to let people sponsor me for Project Kakuma.
Klimmen Voor Kakuma was born.