The Battle of the Mountain is a fantastic initiative!

Just as the MinE study is global in scope, the event is also about pushing beyond limits. How wonderful that all the countries will be working together towards the ultimate goal: eliminating ALS completely.

We're not there yet; we still need a lot of scientific work, but I am convinced that in 2015 we will take great strides forward.

The ground-breaking DNA study may help us to find the needle in the haystack. I would like to thank the Battle of the Mountain team for the excellent initiative and remember that as difficult as the Everest challenge may be, it is nothing compared to the challenge ALS patients face.

I also find the co-operation with the Belgian ALS League exemplary: We (Netherlands and Belgium) are truly trendsetters and we can only hope that others will follow our lead.