Over 5,000 Walkers Unite in the Fight Against Bladder Cancer
More Than 70 Communities Across the US, Demonstrated Their Support for the Bladder Cancer Community by Raising Critical Funds and Awareness.
For the third straight year, chaired by the Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS News and bladder cancer survivor Bob Schieffer, the National Walks for Bladder Cancer were held throughout the nation. From Campbell, California to Fort Walton Beach, Florida and from Yakima, Washington to Portland, Maine, walkers generated much-needed increased awareness of the threat of bladder cancer and raised funds for research toward a cure. This year's effort, raised more than $275,000 to help foster research programs, patient education and public awareness.
Half of the funds raised through the Walks will be donated to promote bladder cancer research, a disease that, despite being the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., has seen no new treatment options become available to patients in the last 20 years, and there are few promising therapies on the horizon.
In addition, by bringing together bladder cancer patients, caregivers, loved ones and other allies in communities across the country, BCAN hopes to draw attention to the greater need for comprehensive and reliable information and support for those impacted by bladder cancer.
“Bladder cancer affects women and men, young and old, and will take the lives of approximately 15,000 people this year alone. More action must be taken to combat the low levels of disease awareness, particularly around symptoms and diagnosis, so we can prevent needless deaths through education and awareness,” said Diane Zipursky Quale, founder of BCAN. “National Walks strengthen the message of hope and support for those touched by bladder cancer and moves us closer to our goal of a cure by raising funds for crucial research. BCAN is thrilled to wrap up our third year with such success.”
Bladder cancer is a significant health concern with a high recurrence rate and, because it requires life-long surveillance, is one of the most expensive cancers to treat on a per patient basis. The causes of bladder cancer are not fully understood, making it imperative for organizations such as BCAN to spotlight this disease nationally.
About the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN – pronounced beacon) was created in May 2005 as the first national non-profit patient-based advocacy organization for bladder cancer. BCAN’s mission is to increase public awareness about bladder cancer, advance bladder cancer research, and provide educational and support services for the bladder cancer community.
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