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The Beacon of Hope Award is given annually to a special person in the lives of bladder cancer patients and their families. All three individuals below have been nominated by members of the BCAN community.

Our 2024 Beacon of Hope finalists are Bill Russell, Lydia Saravis, and Dr. Jonathan Wright.

About Bill: This is the second time that Bill has been nominated for a Beacon of Hope Award. Bill is a bladder cancer survivor and has been active in helping fellow patients and survivors for years. He has also been an organizer of the Pittsburgh Walk to End Bladder Cancer. One person who nominated Bill said, “Bill became my ostomy buddy. Big of heart, long on patience, and giving of gentle encouragement always at the right time and perfect tenor… Bill was always a positive force…Bill is a lover of life and a person who loves to give back.”

About Lydia: Lydia leads an online support group that is open to all neobladder patients. Someone who nominated her said, “Lydia has literally been a beacon of hope for hundreds of neobladder patients having founded and run the neobladder support group for over a decade. An impossible to comprehend concept is broken down and explained monthly in a forum that Lydia curates and monitors to keep informative and safe for all who attend. I can think of no one more selfless and giving to the community than Lydia. Keep shining your light Lydia and thank you from the bottom of my neo!”

About Dr. Wright: Dr. Jonathan Wright is the medical director of the University of Washington Urology Clinic and a UW professor of urology. He is also an associate investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. Regarding Dr. Wright, a person nominating him said, “Dr. Wright wowed us with his availability and engagement back in 2011 when we were going through the worst. He gave my husband his cell number. He visited with us for two hours in the hospital on Christmas Day. He keeps wowing us with his continued kindness and determination now, 13 years later. Dr. Jonathan Wright is our embodiment of a Beacon of Hope.”