As a longstanding volunteer with BCC, I thought I was well versed in “all things BCC”. These past few months, learning the ropes as the incoming Chair have proven me wrong – and in a very good way!
I’ve learned that BCC is a highly engaged and committed community that continues to exceed expectations. As we’ve seen through COVID, BCC was not only able to survive but thrive in the midst of uncertainty – supporting patients and families in new ways, deepening our resolve to respond to patients when they needed us most, and continuing to raise awareness, and funds to support our mission on all fronts.
As Chair, I feel privileged to work alongside amazing volunteers, staff and medical leaders who are equally devoted to our vision and mission. The future looks bright yet there is much more to do.
Our Board has had initial discussions regarding the strategic path forward as we see a glimmer of hope for a new normal in the face of COVID. The focus over the next few years will be to ensure our continued relevance to patients and families, making sure that we are meeting their evolving needs for support and information. We also want to grow our outreach capabilities to help more people as they journey through bladder cancer. Part of this effort means strengthening our ability to support francophone patients and families living in Quebec and across Canada. We also hope to resume our in-person events such that we can bring back a sense of connection and community. Additionally, we are committed more than ever to increasing the awareness about bladder cancer in the general public and amongst healthcare practitioners. Early diagnosis is key! Our ongoing support to the medical research community is also leading to advanced and new treatment options to improve the quality of life and outcomes for bladder cancer patients.
In the coming months, Michelle Colero, our highly energized Executive Director, along with staff and volunteers will lead us into Bladder Cancer Awareness Month (in May) and preparations for our annual awareness and fundraising walk – Canada Walks for Bladder Cancer (in September). Exciting times are ahead, and we invite you to join us! Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your interest in making a difference.
Best to you always,
Survivor and Chair
Bladder Cancer Canada