We are Germany’s biggest movement for a fearless and taboo-free handling of the disease every second human suffers from during the span of a lifetime: cancer.
yeswecan!cer gGmbH is a public welfare oriented community that supports people suffering from cancer. We wish to promote self-help among those affected – by ways of communication and the exchange of information. The YES! APP in addition to publicity campaigns and other events will further promote the foundations purpose.
Individual cancer patients, associations and projects have long been committed to a genuine, open and positive approach. Their stories are posted on blogs, Facebook, Instagram and their own YouTube channels and podcasts. By sharing their experiences, they give those affected practical tips, guidance and convey a sense of hope and confidence.
We will support these influencers with a centralized platform. We create awareness, focus attention and optimize media reach for a common cause. Our motto: You are not alone.
The headquarters of our Non-Profit GmbH are in Berlin and Munich. Our small dedicated team consists of eminent doctors of various faculties and experienced media people.
yeswecan!cer is supported by volunteers, committed musicians, well-known film and television producers, athletes and influencers.
We are authentic, bold and transparent.
That‘s why we deliberately choose not to use stock or staged photos. All images featured in our presentation and communication are mostly mobile phone pictures and were provided free of charge.
In October 2016, media entrepreneur Jörg A. Hoppe was diagnosed with cancer. A stem cell transplant in February 2017 was successful. Half a year later, Hoppe founded yeswecan!cer.
Until his illness, Hoppe worked successfully as a music manager, TV and cinema producer. He is a Platinum record holder, and is a Grimme, TV, Berlinale and Echo award winner.
“..I decided from the start to be open about my illness and not make a secret of it . I took pictures, sent selfies, and answered honestly and openly to all inquiries as to how I was doing. I wanted to lift the taboo of cancer and in the process I was rewarded with incredibly positive feedback.
The compassion of my family, good friends, acquaintances and colleagues have given me the necessary strength to endure this illness. Their active support got me through the darkest hours by restoring faith in myself and the hope of healing. Their encouragement and love has saved my life and is our motto.”
Reputability, transparency and professionalism is the emphasis of our charitable work.
The yeswecan!cer gGmbH is supported by an advisory board of well known physicians, NGO founders, media and marketing specialists. This committee assists the management with advice and know-how in setting up and managing our non-profit organization.
Our Advisory Council members are ambassadors for yeswecan-cer.org.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Dietger Niederwieser
Cancer researcher, for 20 years Chief Physician Hematology/ Internal Oncology in the José Carreras Clinic of the UKL Leipzig.
Former President of the EMBT / WBMT, OSHO, Member of the Committee for Advanced Therapies (CAT) in the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Prof. Dr. Jochen A. Werner
Since 2015, Medical Director and Chairman of the Board Universitätsklinikum Essen/Duisburg.
The former Medical Director of Marburger Universitätsklinikums and member of managing board Universitätsklinikums Gießen/Marburg (UKGM), Prof. Dr. Werner, calls himself Medical Influencer and is a Social Media activist. A visionary who plans to transform the Essener Universitätsmedizin/ Universitätsklinikum (nearly 8.500 employees) into Smart Hospital.
Prof. Dr. Jalid Sehouli
Director of the Clinic for Gynaecology with Center for Oncological Surgery of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
Head of the Gynaecological Tumor Center and the European Competence Center for Ovarian Cancer (EKZE) Campus Virchow Clinic and Benjamin Franklin.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Guido Schumacher
Chief Physician of the Clinic for Surgery of the Städtisches Klinikum Braunschweig and Head of the local Center for Treatment of colon cancer.
Specialist in oncological surgery, Deputy Speaker of Cancer Center Braunschweig, Head of the Visceral-Oncological Center with focus on pancreas and esophagus, Head of the Competence Center for diseases of the esophagus and stomach, Head of the Competence Center for Coloproctology.
Prof. Dr. Martin Glas
Head of the Department of Clinical Neurooncology at Essen University Hospital, Head of Neurooncology Centre at the WestdeutscheTumorzentrum Essen.
Neurologist and brain tumor specialist. Member of the board of the Neurooncological Working Group of the German Cancer Society and the Neurooncology Commission of the German Society of Neurology. Chair of the Steering Committee of the TIGER-study group.
Prof. Dr. Philipp Lenz
Head of the central unit of palliative care and general manager, West German Cancer (WTZ) Network Partner Münster, University Hospital of Münster.
Specialist in palliative care, Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, Associate professor palliative care, medical faculty, Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, Germany.
Dr. Negin Karimian
Assistant doctor for dermatology, venereology & allergology at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Dissertation on breast cancer, national/ international marketing for the medical app AMBOSS at MIAMED GmbH.
Internist and Oncologist.
Former Medical Director of the Clinic for Haematology, Oncology and Palliative Medicine at the Vivantes Klinikum Neukölln. Medical Director of Aphria Deutschland GmbH since 2018.
Christiane zu Salm
Media entrepreneur, art patron.
Since 2016 publisher (Nicolai Verlag), wrote two non-fiction bestsellers on the subject of mourning and death. Former CEO MTV Central Europe, 2007 – 2019 Member of Board of Ringier AG (CH). Member of the Bertelsmann Expert Commission on family und career.
Prior to 2019 project development, fundraising, partnership management at Transparency International.
Organizer of IACC, world’s biggest international conference to combat corruption. Developer and organizer of the “African Good Governance Network”. Activist against HIV stigmatisation in Nairobi, Kenya. Part-time lecturer in Good Governance at TU Berlin.
Social Entrepreneur and economic scientist.
During his studies in South Africa he joined a relief organization that build houses in local townships. 2007 he founded betterplace.org, now Germany’s biggest online donation platform where he presently acts as chairman of the board. He is
founding member and CEO of nebenan.de (mesvoisins.fr, tienes-sal.es, vicinimiei.it), Europe’s biggest neighborhood community.
We are a small bunch of media and event specialists, who have been directly or indirectly effected by cancer.
These experiences are the motivation to change the way this disease is perceived in society.
Alexandra von Korff
Public Relation Manager
Public Relation Manager
Coordinator cancer associations
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Contact us, if you wish to support yeswecan!cer with your time, your know how and your commitment. We look forward to meeting you. Donations are always welcome.