No Guts No Glory Foundation

About Us

No Guts No Glory is a foundation that organises musical experiences for people of all ages with cancer and their caregivers. Because we believe in the power of music.

Sander Gerritsen was the founder of the No Guts No Glory Foundation. He had cancer and passed away 13-07-2011. His sister Ellen is the CEO now. NGNG will continue to use his perseverance, strength and positivity as inspiration. It was his wish that NGNG would continue. So that’s what we do!
Everyone committed to NGNG has experienced first-hand what cancer is and what it can do to someone. To the person who has the disease, but also to their environment.
This means that we are a group of driven people, creating priceless celebratory memories through amazing musical experiences and in addition providing much needed mental health support along the way.

Kiki at Maximá Medical Center after the JAMkids show NGNG organised for her.

Music as therapy

We have seen that people can end up in isolation after a diagnosis, because work and their social network (partially) disappear. People also don’t want to be ‘the cancer patient’. For that reason we offer support, and we reimburse both music lessons and an instrument. Taking part in music classes is something positive, in contrast to treatments at the hospital. Additionally, it’s often a good coping mechanism. We currently support several people who have received (private) music lessons and an instrument for a year, and the teachers have all been specially selected to teach this group of people.

Hans and his family got a private concert by ABBA tribute band ABBA Fever. Photo by Ben Houdijk.

NGNG during the pandemic crisis

Despite all the covid 19 measures, we managed to make several festivals and concerts possible. This was extremely important, because it involved people who did not have time to wait for the restrictions to be lifted. Priceless memories have been created by allowing people to enjoy live music one more time with their loved ones.

Sometimes someone is too ill to go anywhere. In that case we ensure that musicians come to their home. We also ensure that artists, light and sound technicians, etc. are always paid properly. Especially in this difficult time for the sector.

Sharon got her own private festival during the pandemic. Photo by William van der Voort.

NGNG brings music to Oncological Center RadboudUMC

In addition to providing mental health support and making (music) wishes come true, we are currently working together with the oncological center at RadboudUMC. Every month, we bring music to this center, by having an artist perform an acoustic live set.
We also donated a piano to the oncological center, so people staying at this center for treatment are able to play when they feel like the want to. The piano can also be used during the monthly performances.

Research shows that music can really help, so this is the main reason we want to bring music to the hospital. Listening to music can positively influence psychological well-being. A cancer diagnosis affects social, physical and emotional well-being, and manifests itself in a variety of emotions including fear, anger, sadness, and guilt. Patients often experience fear of death, short and/or long-term effects of treatment, or disease recurrence.

Music can both relax and activate the body. Music bridges the gap to emotions and thoughts by evoking associations and memories. It can offer guidance and support through the (recognizable) structure, melody and rhythm.

Sascha during her dance festival. Photo by Ben Houdijk.

All the personal stories from our benificiaries can be found on our (Dutch) website: https://www.stichtingngng.nl/
Our foundation runs entirely on donations.
Please support us, by donating and help us give a memory to someone who deserves it and thank you for considering supporting No Guts No Glory. Because living is more than being alive!

If you have any questions or want more information in English, feel free to contact us: info@stichtingNGNG.nl

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