Regina Hohmann

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Regina Hohmann
NCT Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 460
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +40 6221 56-36146

News from the fundraising team

Space for conversations and quiet moments


A cancer diagnosis is a serious topic, and conversations between patients and their attending doctors are an important element of cancer treatment. At the NCT Heidelberg, there is now a new setting for this: thanks to a donation made by the company Affimed, four alcove sofas in different locations within the building offer an undisturbed and sheltered ambiance for conversations – for patients and medical staff, but for casual exchanges among colleagues or patients as well.

One of the donated sofas

The new sofas are more than a simple seating area: not only do they create a comfortable ambiance for conversations, but they may also serve as a discreet haven for a short phone call or an individual moment of silence. The donation was made by Affimed in commemoration of Chief Financial Officer Dr Florian Fischer, who passed away in 2020. At the same time, this acknowledgement benefits all patients and staff at the NCT as well.

Anniversary run three times around the world

NCT-Run 2021


They ran on all seven continents and covered a distance of more than 125,000 kilometres: from July 2 to July 4, over 7,000 participants got moving in the virtual NCT-Run. Many of them contributed impressive and inspiring posts on social media, taking family and friends with them onto their personal running track, and making the NCT-Run come alive. Thanks to the generous support of sponsors as well as numerous individual donations, the NCT Heidelberg benefits from over 50,000 Euros towards cancer research.

For the second virtual NCT-Run with the slogan NCT-RUNning against cancer: Alone. Together! the supporters of the NCT Heidelberg showed once more that they stick together. All ages between three and 93 years were represented for this year’s ten-year anniversary, and many participants added up their kilometre for the good cause by registering as one of over 300 teams. Be it sports club, family project, or organised participation among colleagues: every single kilometre was an important contribution towards the amazing end result, no matter whether it was run during a marathon or casually walked in the park.

A special reward was prepared for all those who lent a face to this year’s NCT-Run: among all posts with #nctlauf or #nctrun on social media, as well as all personal running memories submitted via email, 25 lucky winners were drawn and will receive a limited NCT run package.


Two donations and heartfelt sympathy


There is no lockdown for cancer: this year, many patients fight both the disease and the pandemic. For two groups of Year 8 students from Theodor-Heuss-Realschule Walldorf as well as a group of Year 8 students from Kurpfalz-Realschule Schriesheim, this provided additional motivation to contribute to the support of breast cancer patients at NCT Heidelberg in the form of their projects. The overall more than 60 heart pillows, which were handmade in class, are valuable aids in postoperative care.

Handing over the heart pillows
Handing over the heart pillows

Every step of the project, from research to planning, choosing suitable materials, and the actual sewing progress, was taken care of by the respective student group, resulting in more than 60 individual heart pillows that were now handed over to the NCT. The pillows facilitate the healing process of breast cancer patients: for example, they can be placed near the armpit to relieve pressure and other recovery pain. Ultimately, they also provide emotional support in a challenging life situation, as each pillow is symbolic of the students' sympathies. At the Theodor-Heuss-Realschule Walldorf, the topic of cancer was taken on in the class "Everyday life, nutrition, and social affairs" for the second time already; the Kurpfalz-Realschule Schriesheim contributed for the first time.

NCT "Takte gegen Krebs" 2020: House Concerts

Two cellists at Takte gegen Krebs 2020


Takte gegen Krebs turned into Takte gegen Krebs: House Concerts. Thousands of supporters enjoyed our festive concerts, which were played on location at our founding institutions and livestreamed on our social media accounts. The grand finale consisted of a concert evening at the NCT Heidelberg with a special guest.

We started off with two smaller concerts at our founding institutions (German Cancer Research Center and University Hospital Heidelberg) on December 9 and 10, which were filled with festive sounds with the support of the Collegium Musicum of Heidelberg University.

The grand finale consisted of a concert evening at the NCT Heidelberg on December 11, with Ksenija Fedosenko and Caroline Werkle (cello), University Music Director Michael Sekulla (piano), and Kathrin Christians (flute) offering to the audience an early Christmas present. Further contributions came from many musicians of the Collegium Musicum who were unable attend on location, but who were nevertheless part of the (virtual) concert. The concerts were presented by Mirko Spohn.

For the first time, anyone interested could attend our Takte gegen Krebs concerts – free of charge via live streams on our social media channels, and comfortably from their own home. Check out the recordings here.


Climbing the hills for cancer research: personal fundraising campaigns by NCT Heidelberg employees


Usually, Reinhard Liebers works with his colleagues to coordinate all scientific and clinical processes at the NCT Heidelberg. Constantin Pixberg is a medical doctor and scientist of medicinal oncology at the NCT. This summer, however, they rose to a spectacular challenge during their time off: They were determined to raise donations for the NCT on their bikes.

Constantin Pixberg on his bike

Reinhard Liebers was determined to ride the altitude difference of Mount Everest, 8,848 meters, in one continuous bike ride over the course of one day. He reached his athletic goal on Saturday, July 18, and was rewarded by his numerous supporters with a total sum of 4,260 € in donations towards the NCT Heidelberg.

Constantin Pixberg went above and beyond too: he especially supported "the research and implementation of individualised therapies for patients who were diagnosed with incurable breast cancer" and on August 15 rode a total altitude difference of 9,151 meters. With this achievement, he continues to collect funds until the end of the year.

Heroes of Heidelberg: the virtual NCT Run 2020

Dr. Friederike Fellenberg and Andreas Klein of NCT Heidelberg


This year, the charity run organised by the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg could not take place in its usual form – instead, a virtual run was organised, which is now portrayed in the celebratory anthology "Heidelberger Helden" ("Heroes of Heidelberg").

Since the beginning of the year, our society has been subjected to an extraordinary endurance test by the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless – and because of it – these are times of notable solidarity and readiness to help others.

The regional photo and interview project "Heidelberger Helden" ("Heroes of Heidelberg") is dedicated to people who displayed optimism and determination throughout this crisis, who demonstrated "solidarity, altruism, and responsibility". Their faces and stories are collected in this anthology which includes 108 portraits, greetings, and scientific guest contributions. NCT Heidelberg and its virtual charity run are part of this project. All proceeds support charitable and social organisations in Heidelberg.

Virtual NCT Run: three times around the world for cancer research


The weekend of June 26 to 28 saw 8,976 runners taking a stand in the fight against cancer in the charity run of the NCT Heidelberg.

Team of the Neumayer III Station in the Antarctic

The virtual NCT Run was an international one, with people making athletic contributions in all seven continents. Participants ran a total of about 120,000 kilometers. Sponsors SAP and Prominent as well as supporters, the Klaus Tschira Stiftung and Affimed, made additional donations of more than 40,000 Euros based on the distance ran by participants. Together with numerous donations and fundraising campaigns, a total of about 75,000 Euros were raised towards cancer research at NCT Heidelberg.