Male breast cancer patient races for a cure

By Stefanie Bainum

DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- Got Pink? More than 10 thousand people attended this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Of that, over 700 of them are survivors of breast cancer.

One survivor who has touched the hearts of many over the past few months is male breast cancer patient Raymond Johnson. Talking with him at this year's Race for the Cure, you wouldn't know he was sick by looking at his face.

"Some people really can't tell that I'm sick, that's how good it is right now," The 26-year-old said.

Three months after he received the shocking diagnosis that he had breast cancer, Raymond says he has reason to smile once more.

"You got to be positive about it everyday," he said. "You can't let your mind and your soul go down. If you do that, you're dying."

It's been a tough road, but Raymond is a fighter. He's currently undergoing chemotherapy and has six treatments to go. And it's working - Raymond says doctors tell him-- his tumor has gone down from the size of a baseball to a golf ball.

"My first thought was death, but the second thought was God," Raymond said.

It was with that power of prayer and unwavering faith that he says got him through the tough times and led him on an inspirational quest to help others.

"God put me here to put cancer in me to get the word out to get other men to check themselves instead of being the typical male sitting at home," he said.

He says he feels it is now his mission to spread his story to others.

"I'm talking to men and they're asking me questions and they're going to get checked out now so it's really a blessing," said Raymond.

"I'm glad it happened to me so they can get themselves checked out."

Powerful words from a man who never thought he'd be part of Susan G. Komen's Race for the Cure, but whose learned to love pink along the way.

"I'm really falling into it; I'm really falling into the pink thing right now," said Raymond.

Officials say this year's race is the largest 5K race in the Palmetto State. Organizers say that early estimate show they likely hit their fundraising goal of raising 1 million dollars for breast cancer research.

If you missed Saturday's Race for the Cure and would like to help in the fight against breast cancer you can still make online donations to Susan G. Komen until December 1st.