General FAQ

What is the purpose of BCAN’s Walk to End Bladder Cancer events?

 Although bladder cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in America, it has not received much public attention, and many people are unaware of the risks or early warning signs. The purpose of the Walks to End Bladder Cancer is to bring awareness to this little-known disease.  Walks take place in numerous cities throughout the United States, principally in May which is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month.  Raising awareness about bladder cancer, the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US saves lives. Our walks also generate critical funds that enable BCAN to offer educational resources and support programs free of charge, advance research, serve more patients and families, and continue as the leading provider of bladder cancer services and information in the country.  For more information about BCAN programs and services, please visit www.bcan.org

Please see the list below for step-by-step instructions for our most commonly asked questions:

Where does my donation go?

  • Donations to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network help to address the needs of bladder cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.  
  • As the only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to providing expert-reviewed patient education free of charge, BCAN raises awareness of the early warning signs such as hematuria (blood in urine) to encourage early diagnosis, supports bladder cancer research, and links patients and caregivers to trained volunteers who have lived through bladder cancer diagnosis and treatment.  
  • The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network has been recognized as a Top 10 Medical Research Organization by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator and leading donor advocate. In addition, BCAN has been ranked as a four-star charity for five consecutive years by Charity Navigator.

As BCAN approaches its 15th year, we will continue to pursue our three-part mission: to raise awareness of the disease, provide patient access to bladder cancer information and services, and devote resources to research and better treatments for the disease – a mission only made possible through the generosity of our donors.

What is the easiest way to submit checks for the walk to BCAN?

Mail checks directly to BCAN.  Download the donation form here.  Checks should be made payable to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, 4520 East-West Highway, Suite 610, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Why is there a walk registration fee?

The registration fee supports the costs for the walk t-shirts, insurance, giveaways, and technology which enables us to provide a vibrant environment while making it easy to fundraise and participate.

How do I register my child(ren) to participate in an BCAN Walk event?

The cost for children under the age of 18 to participate is $5.  Youth can be added to an adult (individual or team) registration.  This should be done on the Participant Options page during the registration process.  You can select up to three youth per adult registration.  Please note that youth are unable to register separately from an adult registration.  Don’t forget to provide their names and shirt sizes under “Additional Information” after you have clicked Next Step.  

How to get to the page with the event details from a team or personal page?

From a personal or team page click on the BCAN Walk logo in the top left and you will be brought to the walk details page for that city.

What if there is not a walk near me?

Although it is not possible to host events in every city and state, you can, register for the virtual event where you pick a date and time that works for you. 

Interested in organizing a Walk to End Bladder Cancer event in your area?  Please click here and complete the application. Please email the completed form to walk@bcan.org.

How can I organize a fundraising event that is not a walk?

Raising funds for BCAN outside of a walk is easy.  Click here if you are interested in hosting an alternate fundraising event in support of BCAN.

The system keeps logging me out. Why?

The participant center will log you out after 10 minutes of inactivity. This is a security measure to make sure that if you are using a shared computer, your personal information cannot be compromised.

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