Using Facebook To Turn Despair Into Optimism And Support For Cancer

Fabian Bolin, the CEO and Cofounder of WarOnCancerEma Persson

When diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 28, Fabian Bolin decided to allocate his pain and energy into something bigger than him. It all started with a Facebook post that was shared over 13.000 times; continued into a blog where Fabian was documenting his battle on cancer reaching more than 200.000 readers in a couple of months; and turned out into a company called WarOnCancer.

Events in Fabian’s life led him to embark on what he now feels is his purpose in life: helping everyone affected with cancer. Following business studies at Stockholm School of Economics in 2011, Fabian went on to pursue a career in investment banking in London. After two years of working as a bonds trader, Fabian resigned to follow his passion to work in the film industry. In 2015, Fabian was diagnosed with cancer and his life took a completely different turn.

I had the pleasure to meet Fabian Bolin and listen to his amazingly inspirational story a few months ago at Sarajevo Unlimited, a regional innovation forum. His story is definitely one worth sharing. His journey, energy and enthusiasm can leave no one indifferent.

Sweden recognized his work and impact–Fabian won the award “Journalist of the Year 2015” for his blog by CancerRehabFonden and was selected as a Swedish Super Talent 2018 by Veckans Affärer. Recently he was ranked No. 1 on the list of most influential in the Swedish MedTech industry 2018.