Patient Advocate: Matthijs van Hall (1954 – 2017)
Married to Betty, father of Odile, Sacha and Rutger and grandfather of Thaleia and Mathilde.
Professional career as program manager at the Ministry of Health and various other government agencies. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010, Various treatments had little or no effect, momentarilly good response to chemo treatment.
Active for several patient organisations. Most important mission: contribute to quicker availability of new drugs. “The whole system is designed for maximum security, the consequence is that it takes much too long to get new drugs to the patients, that the price of new drugs is much to high, and that patients are longer ill or die sooner”.
Motto: “Life can’t bring me down”
(also the title of the CD of Matthijs his band the Fireball Express)