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“If you survive this, I need you to be the face of male breast cancer,” Bret’s primary care physician Dr. Lon McCroskey (Class of 1969) said. Bret agreed, he would do anything if he survived this.
Now, 2 years later, at 27, Bret is free of cancer and living up to his word. At the basketball game Feb. 5 against Olathe South, Bret gave a presentation about building awareness and early detection of breast cancer. His current oncologist in Dr. Richard McKittrick, whose kids go to East, and being a former student, Bret wanted to share his knowledge with his high school.
“Our presentation will be about Building Awareness in the Youth in High School and College,” Bret said. “ I was in high school when I first found the lump and was told it was nothing.”
He spoke about the importance checking yourself for breast cancer. The Bret Miller 1T Foundation, a foundation Bret founded to spread breast cancer awareness especially in males, was the first group to make self-check videos featuring a male model.
“The National Consortium of Breast Centers had previously done [a self check video] many many years ago,” Bret said. “ [They] contacted us to update it as well as add a video for males, for which I was the model.”
FORD Warriors in Pink, which helps people battling cancer to spread the word, have given out bandanas to the health classes to wear to the game, and they were handed out at the Blue and Pink game this Tuesday, during Bret’s presentation.
“I hope that students learn that it can happen to anyone. Breast Cancer does not discriminate,” Bret said. “You are your own best doctor so know your body, because early detection can save your life!”