Bas, a tough fighter

Because giving life is the greatest  gift

Who is Bas? 

Bas is a 10- year old boy when hardship hits him on  november the 5th 2015. He crashes while practising on the footbalfield.  The diagnosis hits us like a rock: dilated cardiomyopathy. Bas' heart fastly deteriorates and on february the 3rd  2016 he ends up on the waiting list for a hearttransplantant.  On may the 3rd 2016, he dies, approximately one month after the transplantation, due to hyperacute rejection of the allograft. He asked to be an organdonor himself and this last wish we eagerly granted him.  Bas donated his organs to other children and young people, that hopefully live a better life now. He passed on his life. Alpha and omega. 

Bas in 'Cathérine'

' Can I become an organdonor, doctor?

The consultation

During the consultation on Childrens' cardiology department Bas asked Prof. Dr. Van Cleemput: ' Can I become an organdonor myself, doctor?' ' Of course you can', the doctor smilingly answered.

The transplantation

At the beginning of April we received the long awaited phonecall: ' We probably have a heart for Bas'.  Unfortunately things didn't work out the way they should. Bas rejected the allograft and died approximately one month after transplantation. He donated his organs at the same time the programme he participated in was broadcasted on national television. 

The donation

Because Bas wanted it himself, because he received an organ from antoher child, he became a donor himself. He gave life to other children that try to survive in a difficult situation together with their brothers, sisters and parents. A whole family is affected and involved in transplantation. Of course his heart was no longer transplantable.     

The facebook-page' Bas, een stoere strijder'

The communicationservices of the broadcasting company advised us to create a FB-page, in order to canalise the many reactions after broadcasting.  Immedeatly after the programme, the page generated about 25 000 likes and is now more or less stable on 28 500 likes.  

The VZW Bas, stoere strijder

"Because giving life is the biggest gift"

VZW= organisation without lucrative purpose/ foundation

Education en information 

What is organdonation? Talking about it is an important beginning.  Would you like to receive more information?  Would you like a presentation for your company or organisation or organise an information-session? Contact us, and we create a suitable proposition for you.


There are already many organisations for organtransplantation.  There are few organisations working on organdonation. We want to support projects of existing organisation but also create our own projects. Our funds should go to families confronted with transplantation but also to scientific research in order to improve treatment after transplantation esp. in children and support scientific research that helps avoiding diseases that lead to transplantation.      


Alas, without money, you won't go around. To achieve our goals we regularly have our activities. You can donate on BE90 1030 4625 5732 of  VZW Bas, stoere strijder.  If you are a company, take a look at our page created for sponsors elsewhere on this website.

Or donate online

We hope to meet you at our activities 

VZW Bas, stoere strijder  BE90 1030 4625 5732