On December 26th, while many will be enjoying time off or the sales at the mall, the young men of Troop 2 in Summerville, South Carolina will start a 51 mile hike to support BCAN. Led by Scout Master Glenn Justis, the group has trained over 100 hours to complete the hike in honor of Glenn’s mom, Beverly Justis. Beverly passed away in January 2013 from bladder cancer. Beverly was a mother to many – as a den mother, she has a special connection to the young men of Troop 2. Her grandson, Joe, and all of the scouts will keep her memory close by as they complete this 51.2 mile journey.
We often talk about bladder cancer and the lack of awareness, but Troop 2 is doing more than talking – they’re taking action. I am always amazed by the passion and dedication of our supporters. We have so many generous individuals and groups who say “yes” and get involved. People like Cindy Duffy, host of the Polar Bear Plunge in Bloomington on New Year’s Day; Mary Gushée, organizer of the Palm Beach Shop & Stroll; Gene Breslow, coordinator of our educational outreach; and Rick Bangs who serves as a research advocate. More than sixty walk organizers will bring bladder cancer awareness to their hometowns. We have six official BCAN chapters led by tireless volunteers in Appalachia, the Lehigh Valley, North Carolina Triangle, Albany, Southeast Wisconsin, and Dallas. Office volunteers and interns give freely of their time to help further our mission. Countless medical professionals donate their expertise to ensure our programs are a success. Our Board of Directors provides leadership and oversight to increase our reach.
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network is more than a few people working in an office – it’s a grassroots movement. We are grateful to everyone who takes action, gives their time and donates to end bladder cancer. YOU are BCAN.
We wish you and your family a happy holiday season and Happy New Year!
PS – Best of luck to Troop 2! The hike was featured on the local ABC affiliate. Check it out here.