Johan’s journey actually started back in 2011, when Pieter was diagnosed with cancer. He vowed to do ‘something absurd’ if his son was still alive 5 years later. What started out as something ‘absurd’, quickly grew into something concrete as it gathered heaps of support from his surroundings. From there on, the journey to Compostela sprouted, an idea that eventually blossomed into Letters for Compostela.

Meanwhile, Johan no longer runs for Pieter alone, but for all people who are in some way confronted with cancer. In order to provide better support, he intends to raise funds for the Leuven cancer institute (LKI). The LKI unites researches, doctors and caretakers of the KU Leuven and UZ Leuven (University Hospital Leuven) who put in daily effort to fight back cancer and offer cancer patients the best chances within the realm of possibility. As vice-chairman and cancer researcher, Johan is one of the driving forces in the LKI. More information can be found here.



How to sponsor or support?

  • Sponsor Johan’s journey by buying a kilometer of the route to Compostela

Give Johan a pat on the back and sponsor his journey by purchasing a kilometer of the road to Compostela. Choose the amount you wish to donate for a kilometer – any amount will do! Buy a kilometer here.

  • Choose Letters for Compostela as a good cause

If you’re organising a family reunion or an event and want to endorse a good cause, we’d be honored. If you have any questions, or are in need of flyers or other materials, please don’t hesitate to contact us: +32 16/34 17 17 or

  • Support the LKI with a voluntary contribution

Make a contribution through bank transfer on bank account BE45 7340 1941 7789 (SWIFT/BIC: KREDBEBB) of the KU Leuven, using structured reference 400/0014/43420. For gifts from 40 euros and up, you’ll receive a tax certificate from the KU Leuven.


Thank you for your encouragement and support!