It’s a great honor and pleasure to participate in the bike project ‘Blood relatives’. Let me introduce myself and explain why in participate in the project.
My name is Manuel Baarslag, I’m 28 years old and I have hemophilia B. At the moment I work as a research physian, at the Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I live together with my girlfriend Hannelise in Rotterdam. In addition to this project, I’m also involved as chairman with the workgroup Young Adults at the Dutch Hemophilia Society, NVHP.
When I was asked to participate in the blood relatives project, I didn’t have to think twice about participation. I think it’s a great opportunity to show people in Europe (and beyond), that hemophilia patients can perform well in sports. I consider this as an example to many hemophilia patients, because it’s very important to keep your body in good shape. Cycling is an excellent form of exercise for patients with frequent joint bleeds. I also hope to finally achieve a top form myself!
Attention for this project means attention for hemophilia, and this can be of importance with respect to political problems that may occur in various (European) countries. It concerns me that many of my peers are in a bad situation, most probably because their governments aren’t willing or capable to provide them with a proper basic care. My goal is to create awareness that a sustained treatment leads to extraordinary performances.
See you in Stavanger!