23 March 2024 .Brussels , Belgium

WBCPC welcomes two new bladder cancer patients to the Board of Directors

The World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition warmly welcomes two patients with lived bladder cancer experience to the Board of Directors. Sarah Coffey Dégrange and Helen Lacy, both passionate and committed advocates in their respective countries, join the Board to serve a 3-year term from 2024 to 2027.

Sarah Coffey Dégrange, Irish and living in France, a survivor of bladder cancer, and a passionate patient advocate with WBCPC member organisation Cancer Vessie France. Following her diagnosis and successful treatment, Sarah has dedicated herself to helping others affected by bladder cancer. Active volunteer Cancer Vessie France, Sarah also volunteers her time to several organisations and initiatives beyond bladder cancer.

Helen Lacy is an 8-year bladder cancer survivor from Australia who donates her time and knowledge to the bladder cancer community. Helen is an active volunteer with WBCPC member organisations Bladder Cancer Awareness Australia and BEAT Bladder Cancer Australia. She also helps Cancer Council Victoria peer support programme, connecting with people newly diagnosed with bladder cancer. Her commitment highlights her significant role in raising awareness and providing support within Australia, and is a valuable addition to the international community. Her endless energy and positive outlook have made a significant impact, encouraging others to join the cause and support each other. Helen recently shared her experience during a panel discussion at the World Bladder Cancer Patient Forum 2023, which you can watch on YouTube.

The enlargement of the Board to 8 members with the addition of Sarah and Helen strengthens the World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition governance, highlighting the importance of patient-led advocacy in our work. Their personal experiences and commitment to supporting others and raising awareness are crucial to our mission of addressing the needs of those affected by bladder cancer around the world.

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