Washington Co. man’s death sparks push to warn men of breast cancer risk

GREENWICH – Family and friends of a Washington County man who died from breast cancer gathered for a celebration of his life on Wednesday, trying to raise awareness about breast cancer in men.

Michael Kovarik was remembered as being a friend to many. Even though he’s gone, his friends want to keep his legacy and outreach work alive.

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A good crowd gathered at the Washington County Fairgrounds for the celebration of life for Kovarik. He was a part of a rare group, a man who had breast cancer.

"Male breast cancer attacks 1% of the population of people with breast cancer," said Tim Watkins, Kovarik’s partner.

He helped organize the celebration of life. He says Wednesday, the two would have celebrated their 14th anniversary.

He is hoping that he can continue to raise awareness about male breast cancer.

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Kovarik was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, but later had metastatic breast cancer. That means the cancer spread throughout the rest of his body. Watkins says Kovarik spent the last few years of his life being an advocate for male breast cancer.

"He was traveling all over the country advocating for not only male breast cancer, but metastatic breast cancer research," said Watkins.

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Kovarik also inspired other men with breast cancer. Learn about how by watching the video of Jonathan Hunter’s story.

For more information on how you can donate to male breast cancer organizations, you can email Tim Watkins at timwnys@msn.com.