Rony Kessler's Story: It was July 2012 and I was shocked to discover that I have Bladder Cancer. I was without symptoms and the cancer was found while I underwent a routine ultrasound test, due to an enlarged prostate, to make sure I properly void my bladder. The alert technician saw something, and my urologist immediately sent me for a CT scan, which clearly showed the tumor and the resulting biopsy showed it was malignant. Thankfully it was discovered early and was non-invasive. After my operation I underwent two years of BCG treatments which involved injecting the TB Bacteria into the bladder through the urinary track, to get the body’s immune system to attack the cancer cells. After the two years, I was followed up (and still am) with cystoscopies, CTs and quite expensive lab tests. I must undergo these procedures for at least a total of ten years. I have been fortunate to have negative results now for 6 years. After my diagnosis I investigated the cancer and was shocked to learn that BC is the fourth most common cancer amongst men, sixth among women (who tend to lose their bladder more often) third most common amongst fire fighters and fourth most common amongst veterans. Approximately 17,000 Americans die every year from this disease. It is the first cancer treatment to use the body’s own immune system to fight the cancer by injecting into the bladder the tuberculosis bacteria (BCG). That method has been used for the last 40 years and is still the first line of defense today for non-invasive BC (My sister was treated with BCG over 30 years ago). While it seems that lately more research has begun specially to find similarities between bladder cancer mutations and other cancer mutations, this cancer is way down the list in contributions and grants for research. My sister succumbed to lung cancer ten years after the BC Diagnosis and treatment the doctors still do not know if it was related, that is how little we know. We hope and pray that raising awareness and more research grants will bring about better and earlier detection. We hope that mutation analysis will bring about common medication and cancer fighting technology but frankly we need a lot of help, its why our Rotary Club sponsored two Bladder Cancer walks raising over $60,000 and we hope to have many more awareness raising events.