The Justine Henin foundation supports the Gym&Joy project, in association with the cancer and hcc foundation

In collaboration with the CHC of Liège and the Foundation against cancer, the “Gym & Joy” program aims to encourage physical activity for children with cancer in the hospital and at home.
A physical education teacher, integrated into the caregiver team, supervises the child from the start of his medical treatment. Thanks to a ludic methodology, specifically developed for this project, it offers exercises of growing intensity targeting lower body, upper body, core, and overall psychomotricity.
He/she defines with the child and the family an adapted and progressive program which can be practiced in total safety at the hospital as well as at home. Collective workshops are also offered to reinforce in a playful way, the social and relational dimensions of sport.

The Foundation will take action on two levels to ensure the optimal and sustainable implementation of the project. It will provide:

  • On one hand, skills patronage (project management): the Foundation provides the CHC with a project coordinator to ensure the implementation of the Gym & Joy program, especially by associating all the protagonists of the program (hospital management, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, etc.)
  • On the other hand, funding for the construction of an outdoor multi-sports ground. This infrastructure will be built right next to the hospital paediatric aisle which will allow children to practice sports in a safe environment while avoiding the transport which often turns out to be challenging for them.

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