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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Health

Mission: The American Bladder Cancer Society's function is to raise awareness of bladder cancer among the general public and the medical community, to advocate through all means available the advance of research into a cure, treatment, early diagnosis and quality of life issues of survivors, to support bladder cancer survivors by providing community as well as by encouraging the concept of informed medical consumerism.

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Raise awareness of bladder cancer among the general public and the medical community. The organization's website/social networking site is available "24/7" as a source of support for survivors, caregivers, and anyone interested in learning more about this often overlooked disease. During 2014, over 110,000 visits were made to our website/social networking site; a daily average of over 330. Our forum allows users to post on a variety of topics and others can provide responses. The forum contains over 43,600 user posts from a community of over 5,000 users.

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

“You’re the living embodiment of John Wesley's words:
‘Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can…’
You certainly have done good for me, and I am so thankful.”

Thank you, for your support this past year with my Bladder Cancer battle, you have helped me to be strong on this long tedious road!

AnneH

Guitarist88

Donor

Rating: 5

Simply a wonderful organization run by exceptional professionals.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If receiving a Bladder Cancer diagnosis, people jump to the internet only to find random, confusing, and frightening information, but no individual help. The "been there/done that" caregivers and survivors at ABLCS welcome you into a friendly environment as a person, providing excellent information, input, and support. Lurkers to the forum often spot others with similar situations, and sensible questions. Many join in to participate. Each one contributes a valuable piece of information that could help others better understand and deal with Bladder Cancer. It's an unfortunate, long term commitment when one joins the "B-C Club". Finding the ABLCS forum provided the communication not found elsewhere. Thanks.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My hospital and my Doctor were not helpful in aiding me to adjust to the bag. Dealing with the issues about the bag were driving me nuts. Several others here were also out of surgery and were Huge help with my problems. Realizing the stress that can come from surgery, I now try to be informative for new folks. It's also important to point out to others that cancer IS NOT terminal.

3 Holly35

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed with advanced invasive bladder cancer in 2007, I was fortunate to find the American Bladder Cancer Society. Not only was the site loaded with current information on every aspect of the disease and treatments, but I was also welcomed by a group of others at various stages of their treatment path. I am a grateful survivor thanks in part to the guidance of this website.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This site has kept me from loosing my mind through my seven or eight years of going through surgeries and checkups. they would talk to me and support me in hard times and celibrate the good times. I don't know what I would have done without my friends at ABLCS.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the only website that has made me feel so loved and supported, instead of just a place to vent and get info. Best forums and blogs ever! Sail on, ABCLS!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered this site and the ABLCS when I was first diagnosed with bladder cancer and it provided not only a wealth of information and links to resources but also much mutual support from others going through similar experiences.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization was founded in 2008 to provide help, hope, and support to members of the bladder cancer community. Each year, more and more people access our website/social networking site to receive information and support for this often overlooked and underserved disease.

1 Anita17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ABLCS website is wonderful! The information shared amongst caregivers and bladder cancer survivors in the forum is helpful and reassuring to those of us who visit the site. My husband, Doug, was diagnosed in May, 2001 and has had 5 re-occurrences. His cancer has remained non-invasive and he has been cancer-free for almost 5 years. Knowing the options that are available should his cancer progress is helpful. Survivors on this site are most willing to share their experiences and encourage others. Having this site available is a true gift.