Breast cancer is more commonly regarded as a woman’s disease, but it can certainly strike any gender, albeit at a smaller rate. This makes the experience of Mike Story certainly unique.
Mike Story is Executive Vice President of Advantage Home Telehealth, Inc., a medical-device company. His wife, Kelly, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 46, as shared in a feature by CBS News. Mike supported Kelly throughout her more than two-year battle with breast cancer, which included accompanying her for treatments at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI).
A year after Kelly’s death, the RPCI website shares that Mike received a shocking diagnosis: he, too, has breast cancer, the disease that claimed the life of his beloved wife, and the disease has metastasized to his bones.
Now, Mike Story is once again visiting RPCI, this time as a patient. His Roswell Park care team, which includes his late wife’s oncologist, Dr. Tracey O’Connor, has put together a treatment plan for Mike. Mike shared: “There’s a whole lot that’s gone on in the last few years. There’s a lot that comes at you… It’s life. You deal with it and you get through it.”
Mike and Kelly have a 20-year old daughter, Carly, who is in her third year at Canisius College. Father and daughter shared their story with CBS’ The Early Show, and both expressed commitment to spreading awareness about the disease, and supporting efforts towards fighting it. Just this June, Carly participated as co-captain for a team during the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.