Donor gallery


Donation in memory of Christiane Bartke

The Bartke family during their holiday in Crete 2019
© Bartke family

Christiane Bartke died in May 2021. About ten years earlier, she was diagnosed with colon cancer. It was her wish that treatment options for cancer be improved, to be able to prevent cancer diseases for future generations. With this thought in mind, Christiane Bartke time and again made donations during her lifetime. While frequently contacting the Cancer Information Service at DKFZ, she always felt that she was well advised and in good hands.
Taking this to heart, her family collected money from letters of condolence they received. Green Sparrow, the company where she was last actively engaged, increased the amount to the symbolic sum of 1,959 Euro, that being Christiane Bartke's year of birth.
We offer our heartfelt thanks to the Bartke family and to Green Sparrow for their helpful support of our cancer research.


NWC donates 7,000 EUR for the project #Chatfunding of the Cancer Information Service

More than 300 participants took to their bikes in support of the 5th Nicola Werner Challenge.
© Jochen Hoops / NWC

The goal of the Nicola Werner challenge (NWC) is to increase the awareness of cancer disease and attract donations for cancer research. Despite the extreme circumstances, the fifth staging of the charity bicycle race was a complete success: More than 300 participants took to their bikes – in Paris, Berlin, Bochum, Seattle as well as many other cities in support of a good cause. Donations totaling 7,000 EUR were raised for DKFZ to benefit the project #Chatfunding of the Cancer Information Service. "It is important to remember that there are other illnesses besides Corona", said Moritz Werner, founder of NWC.
We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to all of the participants as well as the organizers for their extraordinary support!

Ina’s virtual fundraising marathon

Together with her sons, Ina Bernhard ran five kilometers in support of cancer research.
© Ina Bernhard, private

On May 10, her birthday, Ina Bernhard planned to participate in the Gutenberg Marathon in Mainz. The coronavirus however, put an end to that plan. The running event was canceled and she could not celebrate her birthday as she normally would. In past years she has lost friends and relatives to cancer and recently two of her friends have come down with the disease. That gave her the idea: She invited all of her friends that otherwise would have been her birthday guests, to run, hike, or take to their bicycles. For every kilometer completed, 50 cents would be donated for cancer research. In the course of the day amazing pictures and experiences came together – along with 3,000 EUR for DKFZ.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Ina Bernhard and everyone that joined her, for their extraordinary contribution in support of cancer research!

Initial donation received from the “Kampf-gegen-Krebs-Kollektion”

Meral Cetin is engaged with the project “Kampf-gegen-Krebs-Kollektion” in support of cancer research at DKFZ.
© Geschenkya

We are very happy to have received the first donation from Geschenkya. Since April, the online shop has featured their "Kampf-gegen-Krebs-Kollektion". The entire collection including t-shirts and hoodies reflect the subject of cancer. Meral Cetin, the owner of the shop, would like inspire and offer courage to those affected – and do some good as well: 15 percent of the profit from the Kampf-gegen-Krebs-Kollektion will go as a donation to DKFZ. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Geschenkya for their commitment in support of cancer research and her donation to DKFZ!

"Dance against cancer” – show dance group "Diwo" fundraising campaign 2019

Diwo performed their show "Excalibur" for "Dance against cancer" eleven times on stage.
© Katrin Vlachos, private

The show dance group Diwo of the dance department at SC Blau-Weiß Ostenland achieved the large donation result of 2.780 EUR for cancer research. Diwo is a group of 35 young dancers between the ages of 13 and 21. Every year they participate in numerous tournaments and events. They are supported by their trainers and parents with costumes and props for their performances. In May of 2018 the mother of one of the young dancers became ill with cancer and died within just a few weeks. This caused great distress within the closely related group. “To make a difference together, instead of standing by and watching inactively, was a heartfelt wish of all of us. A fundraising campaign seemed like just the right thing to do". said Karin Antony, 1. Chairperson of the dance department. So all performances in 2019 were devoted to the motto "Dance against cancer". Their show "Excalibur" was performed eleven times at nine different locations. The audience was asked to give a donation at every event. In addition, the group also donated their performance expenditure allowances. We are very pleased by their commitment and offer our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved – particularly the young dancers for their dedication!


Handball meets football – benefit game in support of DKFZ

Women's handball team and men's football team competed for a good cause, December 2019
© Frank Mers, Maike Berentzen & Alexandra Pauli

The SG Neuenhaus/Uelsen women's handball team against the SV Olympia Uelsen men’s football team – some 500 spectators attended this special game on Dec. 23, 2019. The two teams competed against each other for a good cause: the first half playing handball, the other half football. Creative outfits and very special rules assured fun from the beginning. The game ended in a tie 21 to 21. That evening a total of 6.491,92 EUR was raised to support cancer research. DKFZ offers our heartfelt thanks to all of the participants for this wonderful action! We are very pleased by the commitment of the Grafschaft Bentheim.
In the picture above you can see the participants of the benefit game, the Bundesliga jerseys that were auctioned off for a good cause (left), as well as the two organizers Alexandra Pauli (SG women's handball team) and Frank Mers (SV’s football trainer).

Donations for cancer research "Morris Beerman Football Tournament"

The participants of the 4th "Morris Beerman Football Tournament“, Amsterdam, August 2019
© private

Morris died when he was 11 years old from ependymoma, a rare brain tumor-affecting children. One year after his death his parents organized together with his friends the first "Morris Beerman Football Tournament" in memory of the death of their son and friend. In the following year the idea was born that the tournament could support a good cause. At that time his friends decided on the "Emma Children's Hospital” in Amsterdam AMC – where Morris's cancer was treated. The fourth tournament took place on August 25, 2019. 85 children between the ages of 6 and 16 entered the ASV Stadium Arsenal in Amsterdam and played football together. They collected a total of 6,148 EUR! According to the wish of Morris’ friends this impressive sum was donated to the DKFZ for cancer research. The donation will go to Kristian Pajtler's research group. The Pediatric Oncologist from the Department of Pediatric Neurooncology of DKFZ has been engaged in research with ependymomas for the last five years. The goal is to improve the diagnosis of these tumors as well as finding more effective therapies, to be able to help children in the future who are suffering from ependymoma.
We would like to thank all those involved for their great support!

Because it feels good to do good – the confirmands from Neckarsteinach donate to cancer research

Four confirmands along with Pastor Norbert Feick (3rd from left) at DKFZ, August 2019
© Jutta Jung / DKFZ

As is customary in Neckarsteinach, the confirmands donate a portion of their confirmation money. Each confirmee can make suggestions and at the end the group agrees where the money should go. The confirmands of Neckarsteinach decided upon DKFZ this year, along with one other project. "It was important for us to find an organization that is committed to fighting cancer locally", said the confirmands. It was up to each individual to decide how much money they wanted to donate. A considerable sum of 565 EUR was collected for DKFZ, which pleases us very much!
A small group of the confirmands along with Pastor Norbert Feick came to Heidelberg to hand over the donation. "For me as a pastor it's important, that the confirmands see what their donations can achieve", he said. "At DKFZ they can acquire information, gain an impression and raise questions".
We would like to thank the confirmands as well as Pastor Norbert Feick for their visit and for offering such wonderful support!

Second fundraising campaign from The Stolers & TanzendeKunst

With "Techno Against Cancer" Steven Frind (left) and Laura Grzymski (center) support Cancer Research at DKFZ, April 2019
© Roman Jowanowitsch / DKFZ

Steven Frind wants to set an example: With the slogan "Techno Against Cancer" he began to raise money for cancer research in 2018. He was suffering from cancer himself. “It was only at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg that I was first informed about the tumor that I had. Living my life was considerably easier after that."
Since then he has been committed to cancer research. "To me, research is the most important field in medicine", he says. Last year, he organized two music events as part of the project "River Pirates Open Air" in Berlin and collected donations in support of DKFZ. On their recent visit to Heidelberg, Steven Frind and Laura Grzymski presented a donation cheque of 200 EUR. We are very happy, that they came by personally to hand us the donation.

Participants of FSJ (voluntary year of social service) gather donations for cancer research

The young FSJ-participants during their visit to DKFZ, March 2019
© Jutta Jung / DKFZ

We are very happy about the dedication shown by five young people. They gathered donations for the German Cancer Research Center as part of their voluntary service at the Baden-Württemberg welfare organization FSJ. During their fundraising campaign they were able to collect some 400 euro for cancer research. Vanessa Maurer, Inass Rabbah, Justin Baumgartner, Nico Hermann and Selina Liss came personally to Heidelberg to present their donation. Our heartfelt thanks for your engagement!

30,000 EUR in 3 years – a big THANK YOU to FCKCNCR

FCKCNCR raises donations for cancer research by selling bracelets, February 2019
© Jutta Jung / DKFZ

Cedric and Mareile from Hamburg started the initiative FCKCNCR in 2016. Their aim was to promote an open exchange and dealing with the disease, to overcome preconceptions and anxiety and to encourage those affected. The two founders were suffering themselves from cancer. The hand made bracelets they sell over an online shop express their solidarity and support for people affected and also promote cancer research. “We made a conscious decision to support research, as it is directed toward the future,” says Cedric and Mareile adds: “DKFZ stands for fundamental research for all patients. It’s important to address the issue in a sustainable way, and research is absolutely essential to solve the actual problem.”
DKFZ would like to thank the two founders very much for the many years of support and the impressive donation sum, but also thank all the people that offered their contribution by ”threading” the bracelets. Last but not least we want to thank those that purchased a bracelet, thereby helping to further cancer research.
Read more about FCKCNCR in an interview with the two founders (in German).

"Give something in return" – Barry Swanson donated 100,000 dollars for cancer research

Josef Puchta together with Barry Swanson in front of the donation wall in the lobby of the German Cancer Research Center. There DKFZ pays tribute to generous sponsors with nameplates. February 2019
© Uwe Anspach / DKFZ

The German Cancer Research Center would like to thank Barry Swanson for his extremely generous donation of the equivalent of 85,000 EUR. For the American living in Heidelberg it is a matter of great concern: Very close friends of his fell ill and died of cancer. Through his financial services company, he accompanied and supported numerous families who had got into economic difficulties because of a carcinogenic disease of the main breadwinner. Through his donation he would like to contribute to furthering cancer research.
Barry Swanson as president of the American German Business Club also convinced members of the club at a charity event to donate to DKFZ. Our warmest thanks to everyone who donated! Prof. Dr. Josef Puchta, Commercial Director at DKFZ welcomed Barry Swanson to DKFZ to thank him personally for his extremely generous support.
Read more about Barry Swanson's donation in the current edition of the magazine "einblick" (in German).


Charity dart tournament in support of DKFZ

Thomas Kämmerling, initiator (2nd from right) along with the winners of the charity tournament, October 2018
© Thomas Kämmerling

In memory of his late father, Thomas Kämmerling organized a charity dart tournament on October 3, 2018 in support of cancer research. A total of 55 people participated in the dart tournament at the «Denk Mal" in Mönchengladbach, many of them from far away: One dart team from Frankfurt drove 400 km to participate in the tournament. Numerous volunteers contributed their support for a good cause, for example organizing the tournament or selling lottery tickets for the raffle.
The event was a great success: We are very pleased with the generous donations totaling over 1,200 EUR. DKFZ would like to thank the initiator of the campaign for his efforts and commitment. Many thanks also to the numerous volunteers as well as to the participants and contributors for their dedication.

Once again BAUHAUS apprentices make a commitment to cancer research

The handing over of the symbolic check at DKFZ, October 2018
© Jutta Jung / DKFZ

For the third time the BAUHAUS Fachcenter (expert center) in Heidelberg's Bahnstadt collected donations for cancer research. Apprentices from the Rhein-Neckar region built sofas out of ordinary pallets on their own initiative. Interested customers could watch the production of the furniture in front of the Bauhaus. The sofas were auctioned off afterwards. The money was donated to the German Cancer Research Center. Our warm thanks for the support from the BAUHAUS and the dedication of their apprentices!
Photo: Christian Blau (left), who supervised the apprentices during the fundraising campaign, along with Leon Bächle (right), one of the participating apprentices who came to DKFZ to present Josef Puchta (center) with the symbolic check.

Donation campaign "Worscht meets Riwwelkuche"

The initiators of the financing campaign to benefit DKFZ (left), image to the right: "Riwwelkuche" (sweet cake).
© Michaela Hamm-Kahle, Henriette Risch

Under this unusual slogan, donations for cancer research were collected in Weiterstadt and Braunshardt on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The reason was the illness of a young man from Weiterstadt: Philip, 27 years old, was diagnosed with blood cancer for the second time. The bakery "Best" and the butcher shops "Hamm", "Marienhof", "Rieß" (restaurant "Zur schönen Aussicht") and "Ernst Hamm" came together to offer their help. The five traditional businesses offered house made specialties beginning at a minimum donation price of 3.50 EUR. By purchasing a generous slice of "Riwwelkuche" (a sweet cake) or a strip of "Bräuschter Lewwerworscht" (a special sausage) one could support this good cause. Altogether the fundraising campaign provided 6,000 EUR for cancer research. The German Cancer Research Center offers its warm-hearted thanks to all of the people who donated as well as to the organizers for their extraordinary commitment.

In the photo viewed from left to right: The initiators Henriette Risch (Bakery Best), Michaela Hamm-Kahle (Butcher Shop Hamm), Ernst Hamm (Butcher Shop Hamm, Braunshardt), Christel Göckel (butcher and innkeeper of the restaurant "Zur schönen Aussicht") as well as the famous "Riwwelkuche" (a sweet cake).

New donation from the Association For Children with Cancer Odenwald e.V.

July 2018
© Association For Children with Cancer Odenwald e.V.

For many years now, the Association for Children with Cancer Odenwald e.V. has been engaged in cancer research. At the end of June 2018 a charity golf tournament was held once again to gather donations in support of children's oncology. The "teeing off for a good cause" yielded an impressive result: The Association donated 10,000 EUR to the Department of Pediatric Oncology. It's director Prof. Olaf Witt, was on site to present a lecture on the latest research findings. The 1st and 2nd Chairpersons of the Association, Jacqueline Wörner and Volker Scheuermann, presented the donation. So far, the association has donated a total of 100,000 EUR for pediatric oncology. DKFZ extends its heartfelt thanks for such an impressive sum and for the ongoing support!

The 1. PBC Bruchsal organizes charity tournament to benefit cancer research

February 2018
© PBC Bruchsal

In memory of a deceased club member, the 1.PBC Bruchsal, together with the Billiard-Sports Park Bruchsal, staged the “1. Mladen Mesic Memorial Tournament“. Mladen Mesic was a long time member of the Billiard club and died of severe lung cancer in August 2016. In acknowledgement of his commitment to cancer prevention when he was alive, the club organized the charity tournament in support of cancer research. Part of the donation proceeds was given to Mladen and his family for the embellishment of his grave. The bulk of the proceeds, generated from registration fees as well as additional donations, the club donated to cancer research. With a generous additional contribution the sum was brought up to a round figure of 2,000 EUR and forwarded to the German Cancer Research Center.
We are very pleased by the club’s initiative and would like to thank all participants and donors for their support!

Art for cancer research – "Metamorphosis" exhibition

February 2018
© Jutta Jung / DKFZ

The Stuttgart artist Richild von Holtzbrinck donated a series of her oil paintings and drawings to the German Cancer Research Center. The oil paintings depict the artist before and after her breast cancer operations, capturing on canvas with brush and paint how her body was altered by the disease. Together with these self-studies, the artist donated to DKFZ drawings she created of fellow patients during her stay at the clinic. The sculpture in bronze "Amazone" by the French artist Frédérique Edy completed the installation. Richild von Holtzbrinck also generously presented this piece to DKFZ.

On February 28, 2018 DKFZ board members Prof. Michael Baumann and Prof. Josef Puchta, opened the exhibition "Metamorphosis" together with the artist and expressed their gratitude for this extraordinarily generous donation. The exhibition is now permanently installed at the German Cancer Research Center.

Two years fundraising campaign "FCKCNCR"

February 2018
© Tina Willert / FCKCNCR

It's now two years since FCKCNCR has made its outstanding commitment to cancer research. With the sale of handmade bracelets the two founders hope to draw attention to cancer disease and to express solidarity for those affected. At the same time they help support cancer research, by donating the profits to the German Cancer Research Center. This initiative has developed enormously over the past two years. The total sum donated to DKFZ now amounts to 20,000 euro! We want to offer our warm-hearted thanks to both founders for this unique action. We are also very pleased that so many people have supported them in their promotion of cancer research by purchasing bracelets.

You can learn more about the history of FCKCNCR in the current issue of “einblick” – there you will find an interview with the two initiators of the fundraising campaign.

#technogegenkrebs (techno against cancer) – Donations for cancer research

February 2018
© Dagmar Jarek / DKFZ

Because he has been diagnosed with cancer, Steven Frind can no longer adequately practice his profession as a nurse. With the founding of his own music publishing house, the techno DJ has fulfilled a dream and at the same time supports cancer research. At his first techno event in Berlin he collected donations for DKFZ. We are very happy about the donation campaign and would like to thank Steven Frind and all of those who contributed.

The photo shows Steven Frind and his fiancée Laura Grzymski at the donation ceremony in DKFZ.

Donation for Paediatric Oncology
Donation for Paediatric Oncology

January 2018
© Jutta Jung / DKFZ

Senior physician Dr. Till Milde from the Department of Paediatric Oncology received once again a symbolic cheque from Jenny and Marcel Bilger, who presented the generous donation with their children Rosa, Paul and Thea. As in previous years this was made possible because many people living near the family's place of residence have become engaged in cancer research and got involved in diverse money raising activities. Dr. Milde expressed his warmest thanks for the visit and for the considerable donation in support of children's oncology.


„Ein Herz für Kinder“ Spendengala 2017

The ZDF show "Ein Herz für Kinder" also called for donations for cancer research. Eight-year-old Antonia has been suffering from a brain tumor for four years. The "Hopp Children's Cancer Center at the NCT Heidelberg" (KiTZ) now allows her a novel, targeted therapy - with good chances of recovery. Antonia is treated by Professor Olaf Witt and his team. Witt is the Director of the Translational Program at the KiTZ, Chief Medical Officer at the Heidelberg University Hospital and Head of the Clinical Cooperation Unit "Pediatric Oncology" at DKFZ.
Many thanks to all who have supported this important work with donations!

Source: „BILD / ZDF – Ein Herz für Kinder 2017“

Benefit dance concert in support of cancer research

November 2017
© Dagmar Jarek / DKFZ

Alicia Schwaiger 17 from Ubstadt Weiher organized a very special event: To Swing Into Action - in the literal sense of the word. On October 7th in order to raise funds for cancer research she organized the first charity dance concert in the surrounding area. And this with great success: On that evening numerous regional hip-hop, break-dance and jazz-dance groups performed including even top class world championship winners. Alicia not only did the planning, organization and moderation of the evening, but she actively participated and danced on stage. Active support was provided by the "Hardtseegugga Ubstadt-Weiher", a carnival music group, which helped to set-up, dismantle and host the event. In addition, Alicia was able to win numerous sponsors. A total of 7,000 EUR was raised for cancer research – an impressive sum, which reflects the success of the event and the outstanding commitment of Alicia Schwaiger. Many guests encouraged her after the event to organize it again next year.
The organizer (middle) came to DKFZ in person to present the check. Alicia Schwaiger together with her mother (left), Waltraud Dieckelt and Diana Stier from Hardtseegugga (right) presented the symbolic check to Alexandra Stumpf from DFKZ. The German Cancer Research Center would like to express its sincere thanks for the generous support and exceptional commitment.

TempoRatio donates to cancer research as an alternative to customer gifts

November 2017
© Jutta Jung / DKFZ

Markus Siebert presented a donation to cancer research on behalf of TempoRatio, a personnel service provider based in Schwetzingen, Germany. TempoRatio traditionally dispenses with Christmas customer gifts, and donates instead for charitable causes to organizations in the region, suggested by their employees. Prof. Josef Puchta, the commercial director of the German Cancer Research Center expressed his sincere thanks to the management and personnel at TempoRatio for their generous gesture and confidence in the work of DKFZ.

The DLFH Association Pfalz e.V. has once again contributed a generous donation

Oktober 2017

During their visit to DKFZ the executive board of DLFH Association Pfalz e.V. once again presented a very generous donation. This year the association is supporting research work of the clinical cooperation unit Pediatric Oncology with 12,000 EUR. On behalf of his team and the children and adolescents under his care, Prof. Olaf Witt (center) thanked the association members for the generous sum of money they raised through their numerous activities.

The donation was presented by Dragan Somborac, Manuela Eichin, Heidi Böhmer, and Jürgen Böhmer (from left to right).

Successful benefit concert in support of cancer research

August 2017
© private

After his brother was diagnosed with cancer, Frank Kötting started an initiative for cancer research. He organized "Rock on the Wied", a charity concert to raise donations for further research into CUP-Syndrome. Even the organizer and his family were amazed by the overwhelming success of the concert. Altogether the event raised the impressive sum of 13,146.57 EUR. Alexandra Stumpf gladly accepted the invitation to Waldbreitbach to be presented with the check. On behalf of the German Cancer Research Center she expressed her heartfelt thanks for the commitment and the very generous donation.

A milestone: donation campaign FCKCNCR

July 2017

FCKCNCR in Hamburg has supported cancer research since February 2016. Through the sale of handmade bracelets the founders of this initiative want to draw attention to cancer disease, helping to free it from its taboos. At the same time they want to advance cancer research. All proceeds from the sales will be donated to cancer research. In July 2017 the 10,000 EUR mark was reached! The German Cancer Research Center would like to offer their sincere thanks for this extraordinary initiative and the impressive sum that was raised. We are very pleased to have FCKCNCR as a lasting supporter of cancer research at our side.

Live your dream as long as you can! Donation campaign in Büren in support of DKFZ

June 2017
© Erna Berg

The wife, friends and neighbours of the late Andreas (Andy) Kothöfer got together in his memory and organized a fundraising campaign in support of DKFZ. It was a long cherished dream of Andreas Kothöfer and his friend to serve food to passing strollers and cyclists on the Büren city bridge. Now his friends have made this dream a reality. The campaign took place on Sunday, June 25th, with the help of numerous supporters and a food van provided for the occasion. Many people came by and supported the action despite the bad weather. The proceeds from the sale as well as all donations will be used for cancer research. The organizers hope through their action more people will have a better chance of being healed than Andy had. The German Cancer Research Center would like to express its sincere thanks to all the initiators and donators who helped raise the total sum of 1,225 EUR.

7th DKFZ Charity-Run „Heidelberg Runs for Cancer Research“

May 2017
© Uwe Anspach / DKFZ

This year's DKFZ charity run took place on Sunday, May 28, 2017. We are very pleased that approximately 500 runners and walkers participated despite the hot weather. Their engagement will support cancer research at the German Cancer Research Center. We would like to offer our many thanks to all those who participated. We would also like to thank our supporters and sponsors. They have donated fitness and leisure equipment that were awarded to the participants at the end with the intention to motivate them to keep active.

Walter Frick GmbH donations

April 2017
© Walter Frick GmbH

Walter Frick GmbH has once again decided to make a donation to the German Cancer Research Center. The advancement of cancer research is a matter of great concern for the entrepreneur from Leibertingen. The photo (right and left) shows Mr. and Mrs. Frick presenting the donation check. On behalf of the German Cancer Research Center, Alexandra Stumpf expressed her heartfelt thanks for their generous support!

Fundraising campaign on the occasion of World Cancer Day 2017

February 2017
© Liselotte-Gymnasium Mannheim

On the occasion of World Cancer Day, February 4th, the students at Liselotte Gymnasium in Mannheim collected donations for cancer research. They sold hand made blue ribbons at school and donated the money to the German Cancer Research Center.
The photograph was taken during the presentation of the donation at "Lilo". The attendees were Michelle Mechler, Niko Vasiliadis Hannah Meder and Franziska Welker from SMV (student council) and Alexandra Stumpf from DKFZ (in the center).
The German Cancer Research Center would like to offer its heartfelt thanks to all of the students for their fundraising initiative!

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