Stuart man diagnosed with rare form of breast cancer seeks radical treatment in Texas

Family asking for community's assistance

STUART, Fla. - For the last four years, Ray Saez has been waging war against his own body.

"I overlooked a pimple, and now I'm fighting for my life. You don't expect something like that to be said to you ever. I don't think anybody ever expects to be told that they have cancer," said Saez.

Stricken with a very rare form of breast cancer known as "inflammatory breast cancer," Saez says the first signs he was sick were easy to overlook.

"It looked exactly like a pimple...when it finally popped and went away it felt like a pimple. I didn't think anything about it. When the third one came up, I figured it would pop...but instead of it popping it actually inverted my nipple," said Saez.

The diagnosis was grim. Saez is kept isolated to protect him from diseases, and friends and family must disinfect and wear special clothing when visiting. His only real hope for a longer and fuller life, is with a specialty research clinic in Texas.

"I guess when they saw the type of cancer that it was, and the fact that I was a male...they called me back the very next day, and wanted me there two days later," said Saez.

Unfortunately, infections and an already cash-strapped budget left him grounded.

"If anybody has been through this, they know it's just torture for the family. To watch him go through this for this long...and to know that he's still fighting...and he's still strong and that God has still left him here with us is a blessing," said wife Sharon.

Now, Saez and his family want to make men aware that women aren't the only ones susceptible to breast cancer.

"Be smart. Don't overlook anything, because you never know what it could be," said Saez. "Men get anything. When your wife does her test...when she checks herself, check yourself at the same time," added Sharon.

If you would like to help, there is an account set up at Wells Fargo Bank under the name Ray Saez. Visit any Wells Fargo branch and reference the "Ray A. Saez Medical Expense Fund," administrated by Sharon Saez.


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