Bladder Cancer Patient Stories

  • Joseph Dequinque

    Joseph Dequinque

    South Philadelphia resident Joseph DeQuinque tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  He’s a non-smoker, watches his diet and takes frequent walks with his wife Laura, with whom he celebrated his 55th wedding anniversary in 2014.

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  • Albert Egner

    Albert Egner

    In 1980, Albert Egner was at home one day when his phone rang. On the other end was a woman he had never met before, named Bernadette, who had dialed her old phone number out of curiosity. It turned out that Al was the lucky person who inherited her phone number. After a long conversation, they decided to meet. A courtship began and continued for 20 years, when Al decided to make it "official." The two married in 2002, when Albert was in his early 60's.

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  • Nancy Finnegan

    Nancy Finnegan

    Although Nancy Finnegan lives in Florida, she often visits with family and friends in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. While up north visiting her sisters in 2001, Nancy went to her doctor with complaints of a lingering cold and lots of bruising. After blood tests, an ultra sound and a bone marrow biopsy, she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL).

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  • Henry

    Henry "Bud" Olencki

    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.

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  • Ted Ritter

    Ted Ritter


    Ted Ritter spent more than 20 years running a mechanical engineering business. During that time, he and his wife, Sheila, raised four children. In January 2010, Ted, who was 68, retired from his full-time job and had his sights set on the next chapter of his life. He was looking forward to relaxing with Sheila in their Florida vacation home, along with spending his newly-found free time with his children and grandchildren, working out, golfing and maybe even some consulting. Just seven months later, Ted's plans came to a screeching halt when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer.

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