Vote for the 2021 Beacon of Hope Award

What is the Beacon of Hope award?

For several weeks, bladder cancer community members nominated their beacon – that special someone who has been a light in the darkness. The three finalists for the Beacon of Hope award selected from all entries are below.

This Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, we’re shining a light on those in the bladder cancer community who go the extra mile to make an impact and inspire hope with our first-ever Beacon of Hope award.

How can you vote to choose the winner?

Please read the entries and cast your vote for the person below who you feel epitomizes being a bladder cancer Beacon of Hope.

When will the winner be announced?

The 2021 Beacon of Hope award winner will be announced during the bladder cancer Ask the Experts online event on May 26, 2021. The event is free to attend, but registration is required.


Vote for your 2021 Beacon of Hope finalist:

John De La Garza

John and Dorothy de la Garza
John and Dorothy De La Garza

Person nominating: Dorothy De La Garza

Why he is a Beacon of Hope: John is a caregiver for his wife, Dorothy, who was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2016. 

Dorothy said: “He’s my cheerleader without pom poms. Since that stunning T-2 bladder cancer diagnosis in August 2016, John De La Garza has served as my sole 24/7 companion navigating our unending journey of scans, blood labs, chemo, PE’s, surgeries, sepsis, ureteral stents, nephrostomies, and doctors’ debates. John is more than a beacon—he’s my ‘Husband of Hope’’ for life, a beacon of better days ahead beyond a cancer diagnosis.”

Noel Lipman

Bladder cancer Beacon of Hope finalist Noel Lipman
Noel Lipman

Person nominating: Dan Miller

Why she is a Beacon of Hope: Noel, a bladder cancer survivor, helped support Dan Miller after he received his Stage IV bladder cancer diagnosis.

Dan said: “Upon hearing about my diagnosis, Noel, a 9-year bladder cancer survivor herself, immediately dropped everything and came over to talk with and comfort us. Noel is not the only inspirational contact that we have met since the diagnosis, but she continues to be the person who helps keep the light in this journey’s tunnel well-lit and keeps me moving forward, one step at a time.”

Dr. Jonathan Wright

Dr. Jonathan Wright

People nominating: Beata Jachulski Baker and Karen LaFlamme

Why he is a Beacon of Hope:

Beata (bladder cancer caregiver) said: “His deep humanity and compassion made all the difference for us.  Dr. Jonathan Wright is our hero, our healer, and our beacon of hope.”

Karen (bladder cancer patient) said: “His positive attitude has been so helpful in the worst of times. Dr. Wright brings hope, even in the darkest of days. And I am living proof that he has done an exceptional job.” 

Make your choice below. You can vote daily.