Aktiv mot kreft (Active against cancer)

Join the Aktiv mot kreft team in BMW Oslo Marathon 2020

Run for AKTIV Against Cancer during this years Oslo Marathon- Virtual Edition. AKTIV Against Cancer is a charity partner to Oslo Marathon. You can help the cause by  donating in the registration form, or by signing up to run through their website https://aktivmotkreft.no/arrangement/oslo-maraton-2020/.

About Aktiv mot kreft

AKTIV Against Cancer was founded by Norwegian national icon and nine-time New York City Marathon champion, Grete Waitz, and Helle Aanesen in Norway in 2007. AKTIV Against Cancer works to ensure physical activity will become an integral part of cancer treatment. Physical activity can be positive for the vast majority of cancer patients, both during and after treatment. It helps reduce unwanted side effects such as nausea, fatigue, and sleep problems while increasing endurance, strength, and energy.


Since its establishment in 2007, AKTIV Against Cancer has opened 16 physical activity centers called Pusterommet (“Breathing Room”) in cancer treatment hospitals throughout Norway. Breathing Rooms provide a space where cancer patients exercise under the expert guidance of instructors trained in physical fitness and cancer. These spaces also provide friendly, social environments as a respite from the challenges of life during cancer treatment.   Additionally, AKTIV Against Cancer has invested in research focused on exercise and cancer with the goal of having physical activity included as part of standard cancer treatment. AKTIV Against Cancer also created the AKTIV Instructor Program in collaboration with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and Oslo University. This program educates fitness trainers in exercise and cancer, enabling cancer patients to continue their fitness programs under special care in their local communities.

Aktiv mot kreft was created in November 2007 by Grete Waitz and Helle Aanesen. Gretes position, achievements and personality contributed to the charity getting attention and trust from the get og. Our current main ambassador, Bente Skari, gets help from several other Norwegian athletes in putting focus on our work.

Aktiv mot krefts income comes mainly from businesses and projects related to physical activity. We offer activity packages to businesses and have established Team AKTIV mot kreft, giving individuals and employees the opportunity to help participate in popular sporting events where proceeds go to Aktiv mot kreft. In other words, Physical activity for healthy people helps contribute to better life quality for the cancer stricken.

Together with Norwegian businesses and active Norwegians we want to make a difference.


One of Aktiv mot krefts purposes is financing “Pusterom”, low threshold training and activity centres for cancer patients at Norwegian hospitals. We finance the establishment of “Pusterom” and give hospitals the means to run them the first three years. Here, all cancer patients receive supervised guidance by professionals in a social and calm environment with a safe framework (something important for those with cancer). Our goal is that all cancer hospitals in Norway that want a “Pusterom” will get one.

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