Many people throughout the Kansas City area are familiar with the story of 2004 SM East graduate Bret Miller, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 24. In a few weeks, hundreds of thousands of people across the country will have heard his story as well.
Miller is one of two male breast cancer survivors who will be featured on a March 3 episode of Katie Couric’s nationally syndicated talk show. The other? “Shaft” star Richard Roundtree. The two taped a segment about men who face the disease most commonly associated with women in late January in New York along with a prominent oncologist.
Producers for “Katie” contacted Bret’s mother, Peggy, about having him on the show after finding his story online. He was eager to share his story in hopes of spreading his message that breast cancer impacts men as well, and that they need to screen themselves for the disease. And getting to meet Shaft wasn’t bad either.
“I’ve known about him for a while, so it was really cool to actually meet him,” he said. “It’s crazy because I actually remember walking into the room the day he announced he had breast cancer and my mom had on Entertainment Tonight. ‘Shaft has breast cancer’ was kind of the headline.”
Miller said his segment on the program lasts about ten minutes, and he shared the stage with Roundtree and the doctor.
“I wasn’t all that nervous,” he said. “The producers run through the questions with you so many times before that you have a good idea of what you want to say.”
Miller will actually be returning to New York in a few months for another cancer-related event: Tops Off New York, a topless photo shoot for male and female breast cancer survivors.
In Kansas City, “Katie” airs at 2 p.m. on KMBC.