Usually, the Marthe van Rijswijck Foundation supports other foundations in their projects offering young people a brighter future. This time, we decided to directly help Simon Schiks.

Simon is a young man like any other: full of life and with ambitious plans for the future. He is studying for his HAVO final exams at secondary school and he loves to play hockey. Because Simon suffers from spinal muscular atrophy type 2 (SMA-type II), he plays hockey in a wheelchair, with his team at the Koprol Quicksticks in Nijmegen. Engaging in sports is highly beneficial for people with SMA-type II; it keeps muscles engaged and active.

To keep playing with his team, Simon was ready for a new chair. The chair he wanted is the Turbo Twist Sport 2. It is exactly right for hockey: it reaches speeds of 16 km/hr, rotates on its axis, has a battery built for sports and is sufficiently sturdy.

The Marthe van Rijswijck Foundation is thrilled to say we funded part of the wheelchair and along with several other foundations and some very hard work from Simon himself, we made it possible for Simon to keep playing.