Five terminal illness perks no one tells you the day you’re diagnosed by Kris Hallenga.

Kris Hallenga, founder of CoppaFeel!

Kris Hallenga, founder of CoppaFeel!


1. You get out of social engagement with no questions asked.

2. A blue badge means you can park wherever the F you like!

3. Discounted public transport and FREE “carer” passes at the cinema - I mean, GET IN. 

4. Life can become way more meaningful.

5. You will laugh again.

Kris Hallenga

CoppaFeel! was founded in 2009 by Kristin Hallenga and her twin sister Maren. Kris was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer at the age of 23. After finding a lump at 22, living abroad in China for eight months and eventually visiting her doctor three times, Kris was told the news that she had incurable breast cancer. Kris was unaware that breast cancer could affect people in their twenties and knew very little about the disease. It struck her that there was very little information out there for young people, educating them about the disease, how they could be looking after themselves and informing them that breast cancer doesn’t just affect women over 50.

Although Kris will always live with cancer, she wanted to get the message out there to young people that catching cancer early means you have a higher chance of surviving and recovering. She wanted people to learn from her story and become pro-active about their own health. The idea for CoppaFeel! was born.