Olaf Oosterman from Biddinghuizen on the Greek island of Samos passed away on May 16. The skipper of the ‘Live Your Dream’ was a man with a mission: to help young people with a chronic illness get the most out of life.
During the construction of the yacht ‘Live Your Dream’, Olaf himself underwent several heart operations. Like his mother and grandmother, he was a carrier of Marfan syndrome. Characteristics of this disease, in addition to an exceptionally long limb, are heart problems and a dangerously stretched vascular system. Building the yacht became his dream project. At the same time, Olaf worked on his rehabilitation during this period. A foundation ‘Live your dream’ (now international: Live Your Dream Foundation ) allowing countless young people to enjoy the sea and sailing as well as other sporting activities such as skating, cycling, climbing and rowing. Wherever he went, Olaf drew attention to the position of the chronically ill.
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Olaf Oosterman was born on April 30, 1973 and grew up in a water sports family. He followed his education at the Hout- en Meubileringscollege where he later also taught. The ‘Live Your Dream’ became his ‘masterpiece’; a boat that was completely built to meet its length, with sublime sailing characteristics and recognizable design.
Unfortunately, Olaf was also often a speaker at the death of one of his youngsters. After the death of Olaf Oosterman, his wife Petra and all those involved are missing and were a partner and an inspiration in the work of the Live Your Dream Foundation.
The funeral will take place in a private circle. Via the online memorial acquaintances share memories with Olaf.