Welcome to the new BCAN blog ! This is just one of many new ways that we are reaching out to the greater bladder cancer community and where you will find a more personal perspective of the latest whos, whats, whens and wheres of BCAN.
I’m Diane Zipursky Quale, the President and co-founder of the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN). My late husband, John Quale, and I established BCAN in 2005, five years after he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. At the time, there was very little information about bladder cancer available to the public, and even fewer people willing to talk about it. We were shocked by the limited number of resources available for a disease so commonly diagnosed, but we were also inspired to take action in changing that. Today, BCAN is the proud to be the only national organization devoted to advancing bladder cancer research and supporting those whose lives have been impacted by the disease.
BCAN is evolving, growing and ever moving ever forward. Not only are we thrilled with the launch of our new website, but we are very enthusiastic about our new leadership! Our evolution at BCAN is spearheaded by our new Executive Director, Monica Smith. Monica’s 20 years of experience working with non-profits like Susan G. Komen and CancerCare of New Jersey make her well-versed in the ways of increasing organizational visibility and driving fundraising initiatives.
Like most of the BCAN family, Monica’s family has also been affected by bladder cancer. I know that her passion and experience position her to be an effective leader for the bladder cancer community.
Monica Smith comes to BCAN with more than 13 years experience in the health sector.