Bill Becker is a family man. Bill Becker is a man who knows his way around technology. Bill Becker plays bass guitar. Bill Becker is a beloved friend and family member to many.
And when Bill Becker got sick he became a fighter, a warrior and an activist. Bill shook the stigma of male breast cancer and made a point to share his story with as many people as he could in as many ways as possible. And many are damn proud of him.
While breast cancer is more commonly known to strike women, real men do, in fact, get breast cancer. They make up less than one percent of cases but the percentage of men who die of breast cancer is higher compared to women. So, just like women, Bill had to undergo surgery, a full mastectomy on the left side of his chest. At stage 3, the lump that was discovered was 3cm... large for a man, not so much for a woman. A woman would have received a lumpectomy.
This father of six has since been raising awareness about the male disease, most recently in news reports on CT local TV news stations. Bill has also been part of The SCAR Project: Male Breast Cancer, an unabashed pictorial of the disease shot by fashion photographer David Jay. David Jay photographed Bill, his first subject, back in May 2012.
So lets celebrate Mr. Bill Becker with an afternoon of food, drink, music and support. Join Graylight Campfire, Tri-Axle, Pirate Radio and Jason P. Krug of The Grimm Generation as we sing a song (or several) for a friend.
Sunday, July 14th
$10 gets you in. Food, drink, live music, 50/50 raffles. Friends and family celebrate 12-5PM on the water in beautiful Black Rock at the Norden Club.
Click here to see the original story in the Elm City Beat