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Fabian Bolin & Sebastian Hermelin

Co-founders War on Cancer


Sharing patient stories to improve mental health - Fabian Bolin of War on Cancer

Dec 2, 2019
Fabian Bolin & Sebastian Hermelin

Sharing patient stories to improve mental health - Fabian Bolin of War on Cancer

War On Cancer is here to radically improve the mental health of everyone affected by cancer.

Fabian Bolin is the CEO and Co-founder of War On Cancer. After being diagnosed in 2015 at 28 years of age, Fabian began documenting his cancer battle on a blog, which made him realise the true power of storytelling. Sharing his story gave him a sense of purpose that he had never felt before. This, together with a strong urge to help others affected became the foundation for War On Cancer.

Sebastian Hermelin is the COO and Co-founder of War On Cancer. When Sebastian saw what positive impacts storytelling had on Fabian’s mental health, as well as himself, he conceptualized an idea for a global platform. In May 2016, the founders launched the first version of War On Cancer and within weeks the platform had storytellers from more than 20 countries.


  • Diagnosed with acute leukemia and asking for help and sharing a Facebook post that lead to a big change
  • War On Cancer as a storytelling platform
  • Feeling belittled and still treated as a person
  • Storytelling as a tool to help others and feeling altruistic happiness
  • Cancer phobia and how cancer is being marketed
  • Speaking to patients as a person
  • Biggest learning and entrepreneur journey from a "project" into a tech and impact company
  • Disrupting patient mental health, cancer, life sciences and health care

Time Stamp:
[02:40] From bond trading to film acting
[05:40] Priorities after being diagnosed
[09:00] Being a best friend to a diagnosed cancer
[12:27] Writing and feeling happiest
[15:00] War On Cancer App
[18:00] Type of stories that patients are sharing
[20:40] Cancer treatment patients don't want to talk about chemotherapy
[23:00] Impact tracking for cancer patient data
[26:00] Creating a social network
[30:40] 10 years vision

Useful links:
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