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Alvin Rollin

Bladder Cancer

Alvin Rollin

Bladder Cancer

"Learning you have cancer is a very sobering moment. It was exactly that for me. I felt like my life was over," said Alvin Rollin when he recounted the doctor visit when he heard he had bladder cancer.

Al's next step was to call his doctor, who recommended three cancer specialists. "By the time I was able to see the first doctor, my mind had been through many scenarios, most of them bad," Al recalled. 

Ted Ritter

Bladder Cancer

Ted Ritter

Bladder Cancer

Ted Ritter, a mechanical engineer, spent 20 years running his own business. He spent the last 10 administrating a small municipality in South Jersey. During this time, he and his wife, Sheila, raised four children. In January 2010, Ted, who was 66, retired, moving forward to the next chapter of his life which was to include time in Florida, golf, exercise and some part-time work. But life doesn't always cooperate with your plans.

Marcia Renouf

Bladder Cancer

Marcia Renouf

Bladder Cancer

"I continue to be cancer free 5 years after I was diagnosed with bladder cancer and was successfully treated with chemotherapy and surgery."

Henry "Bud" Olencki

Bladder Cancer

Henry "Bud" Olencki

Bladder Cancer

Living with cancer wasn't new to Henry "Bud" Olencki. Diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2003, Bud had localized tumors removed surgically on several occasions. But when the cancer spread to his prostatic urethra in 2009 what had become routine just wasn't working anymore. His urologist said to save his life, Bud would have to have his bladder and prostate removed.

William O'Brien

Bladder Cancer

William O'Brien

Bladder Cancer

In 2015, Bill O’Brien and his wife, Jackie, celebrated 51 years of marriage. Spending time with friends is very important to them. During a weekly “breakfast club” outing in 2012 – where they meet a group of friends at a local restaurant for breakfast, Bill felt something wasn’t right with him. “I went to the rest room and I started experiencing urinary bleeding," recalls Bill, who realized he needed to see a urologist as soon as possible. Following an exam and testing, the urologist told him that something was detected on his bladder.

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