Jack Moon stepped down from his post as president of Bladder Cancer Canada in November 2014, after dedicating six years to building the organization from the ground up.
“When I was first diagnosed I had no one to talk to about bladder cancer, and found it to be very frustrating as most people had not even heard about this disease,” Jack remembers. That was what motivated him to join David Guttman in creating a nationwide bladder cancer advocacy group, Bladder Cancer Canada, in 2009.
“My goals were to support newly diagnosed bladder cancer patients, improve bladder cancer awareness, and improve research funding for bladder cancer.
“The first six months it was just two guys trying to do everything themselves,” But then help started pouring in, including funding from Pharma and a big financial boost created through the Bladder Cancer Canada Awareness Walks.
Jack is happy with the growth of BCC and feels that it is exactly what he and David had planned it to be. “The organization continues to support patients, spread awareness and continues to be the thrust behind research,” he notes.
“I am leaving the organization with a lot of talent on board and some very qualified individuals. It gives you a good feeling to know you are leaving an organization in good hands.”
Jack was 55 in January 2005 when he was diagnosed with non-invasive, low-grade bladder cancer. His treatments included three TURBTS and several BCG treatments. He has been cancer-free since November 2007.