Held the first Saturday in May, BCAN’s Annual Walks for Bladder Cancer encourage BCAN supporters, survivors, family and friends, and medical professionals to join in walks held throughout the country to increase bladder cancer awareness and raise funds for our education and research programs.
What are BCAN walks?
The Walks are an opportunity for friends and loved ones to support those directly affected by bladder cancer. They are a chance for survivors to meet each other and educate their communities about bladder cancer and the need for research funding and awareness of the disease.
Why do we walk each year?
More than 72,000 new cases of bladder cancer are diagnosed every year. Over 15,000 people die from bladder cancer each year in the United States. A half a million people live with a bladder cancer in the US alone. It is the 6th most commonly diagnosed cancer and there have been no major advancements in the treatment of bladder cancer in the last 20 years – we need to change this!
We walk to raise awareness so our communities know the signs of bladder cancer;
We walk to tell those diagnosed that they are not alone;
We walk to increase funds for bladder cancer research and the mission of BCAN;
We walk to tell our politicians about bladder cancer, its toll on individuals & healthcare costs.
More awareness means more people knowing about bladder cancer, more people talking about bladder cancer, and more research being done on bladder cancer – its diagnosis, its treatment, its cure; and more lives saved from bladder cancer!
When and where do we walk?
We always walk on the first Saturday in May – walk anywhere you want in your community but try to make sure it is somewhere your walk will be seen by lots of people – that’s a very important part of attracting attention and raising awareness.
What do we wear?
Bright orange BCAN T-shirts specially designed for the walks each year plus matching orange awareness bands that we ask you to wear long after the walk day so you continue to raise awareness and draw attention to bladder cancer throughout the rest of the year.
We walk on one day – bladder cancer is diagnosed every day. Join Us!