The mission of the Mimi Ullens Foundation is to improve the quality of life of people suffering from cancer.
The Foundation offers well-being care sessions (massages, beauty care, psychological support) free of charge. These care sessions are provided in well-being centres set up within the oncology departments of partner hospitals.
People are looked after by specially trained professionals in premises set up and decorated to create a space in which to relax.
Since 2004, the Foundation has supported nearly 15,000 patients every year, men and women, whatever their type of cancer. The Foundation operates in Belgium, France and Switzerland.
The generous deed of a former patient
The Mimi Ullens Foundation was created in December 2004 by Mimi Ullens de Schooten.
« I had the illness myself. When I discovered I had breast cancer, I refused to consider it as fatal and decided immediately that I was going to fight it with strength and determination. I was lucky to have the support of my family, my doctors, beauticians and psychologists.
Throughout my illness, all I could see was the despair of so many patients who would not benefit from such support which is essential if one is to feel well in body and mind and increase one’s chances of being cured.
At the end of my treatment, one thing was obvious: there were many patients out there facing the illness on their own. So, I decided to help them by setting up the Mimi Ullens Foundation. »
Mimi Ullens de Schooten, Founder and Chairman
Board of Directors
The Mimi Ullens Foundation works with a Board of Directors that is aware of the problems caused by cancer and,
in particular, of its repercussions on sufferers and their families.
Mimi Ullens de Schooten
Cécile Van Parijs
The challenges to come
And tomorrow ?
Patients need us more than ever.
Cancer is the number one cause of death in the world. In 2012 there were approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths attributable to it. According to World Health Organisation (WHO) experts, the number of new cases is set to rise by around 70% over the next two decades.
Each year some 27,000 people die of cancer in Belgium. One man in three and one woman in four will be diagnosed before they're 75.
Given the rising number of cases, and the chronic nature of the disease (people are living with it for longer and longer), it is essential to continue working to improve the well-being of patients. For one thing is obvious : in dealing with cancer, it’s not enough just to cure the illness.
For the Mimi Ullens Foundation that means :
Become a partner company
Companies are facing new challenges and they have to provide the means to integrate cancer situations in a better way in their HR policies and in their management practices.
Facilitate the return to work of a person after her illness, is showing human, and also well-considered management. But what type of support should be given ? Coaching, adaptation of the tasks, decrease in working hours… ?
The Mimi Ullens Foundation gives you support in this approach.
Follow the guide (available in French only)
and discover the support that the Foundation
can offer you
In Europe, the cost estimation of cancer reaches 126 billion euros. 60% of the economical weight is related to non-health expenses: lost working days because of sick leave or disability to work, hours for care given to the ill person by family and friends, or loss of productivity because of premature decease.
(Source: The Lancet – University of Oxford – October 2013)
Become a hospital partner
You would like to offer your cancer patients the best care therapies possible ?
You can do that, thanks to the unique and innovative approach of the Mimi Ullens Foundation !
We offer you the possibility of establishing within your hospital a professional well-being centre with a warm, welcoming atmosphere at the very heart of your oncology department.
Follow the guide
and discover the support that the Foundation
can offer you free of charge
The Mimi Ullens Foundation opens well-being centres in the day oncology departments of its partner hospitals.
The professionals in our centres offer patients in the hospital medical beauty treatments and therapeutic massages, all free of charge.
At the moment, 8 hospitals (6 in Belgium, 1 in France and 1 in Switzerland) benefit from the treatments we offer.
The Foundation assists over 15,000 patients each year.
The press talks about us
The Mimi Ullens Foundation in the press