In September of 2011 ePatient Dave asked me to paint a painting depicting his concept of "let patients help." I painted a painting of patient on stage before a crowd. This was a nameless patient that existed in my mind. The painting was not a good fit for Dave but upon second and third glance I realized it looked a lot like Lucien Engelen.
I learned about Lucien’s campaign to include patients at every conference back in 2012. He wants patients included in the design phase, attending the event and then on the stage. If a conference is willing to do that they can use the patients included logo on their event.
Today I read that through Lucien’s tireless efforts and others like him a Dutch conference was held at which 100 of the 600 attendees were patients!
I salute you Lucien!! So I updated this painting to include Lucien's current beard and glasses and will happily send it on to his home in the Netherlands.
Thank you Lucien from all of us!