BCAN is a community of survivors, caregivers, family members, and medical professionals, all leading the way to awareness and a cure. BCAN NEEDS YOU! – to sign up, to speak up, to stand up, to step forward, to take the initiative– to do whatever you can – to help BCAN raise awareness about bladder cancer, support those affected by the disease and help us increase funding for much needed medical research. Join a nationwide network of BCAN volunteers and make a difference!
We want each of our volunteers to have an enriching experience with BCAN, so we try to match you with the best possible opportunity for your talents and interests. There are several ways to volunteer with BCAN, but here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
Walk/Run to End Bladder Cancer: You can participate either as an organizer, team captain or event participant.
BCAN Chapter: Helping your local chapter is another great way to get involved. You never know when they need help staffing a booth at a community health fair or some other outreach event. And, it’s an excellent way to meet new people!
BCAN Connection: Support line for patients, caregivers, family members, survivors and co-survivors 365 days/year except for holidays. Volunteers are able to provide support for callers from anywhere in the United States. If you have a phone line and an internet connection, you can be a BCAN Connection volunteer. Training sessions are scheduled as needed.
Survivor 2 Survivor: This program offers phone support to newly diagnosed bladder cancer patients. If you are a bladder cancer survivor and caregiver, you can volunteer for this program, sharing your experience, answering patient questions and, most important, offering hope.
Speaker’s Bureau: This program trains volunteers to raise awareness about bladder cancer in their communities. There are many ways to participate! Raise awareness by staffing a table at a local health fair, tell your story, or deliver the educational presentation, Bladder Cancer 101.
DIY fundraising event: Hold a fundraising on behalf of BCAN. In recent years, volunteers have organized golf tournaments, Appalachian trail hikes, boy scout troop programs, and shop for bladder cancer events, just to name a few.
Consider becoming a bladder cancer patient representative. BCAN volunteers have served on panels at the FDA and Department of Defense as bladder cancer patient representatives to advocate for more treatment options and research funds.
“At age 30, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. It is terrifying to hear the word ‘cancer,’ but even more so when it is a disease you have never heard of before. BCAN provided a network of support and information at a time when I needed it the most. I volunteer for BCAN because it gives me an opportunity to share my story in the hope of increasing awareness and possibly saving someone’s life.”
Monica from Virginia
“Some good must come of this’ has been my mantra, my North Star. I sought out experiences that would give me a better understanding of our battleground, and provide an opportunity to network with others – all so that I might give back.”
Rick from Michigan
“I am committed to educating people about this disease, providing comfort to those going through a similar experience and offering financial support to organizations like BCAN that fund research to help eradicate bladder cancer.”
Mike from Ohio