Longtime married couple Gerard and Meg Campion have something big in common--something other than the life they've shared for decades and the two daughters they've raised.
The two also share an experience they never asked for: breast cancer. The Campions have supported each other as they've each taken turns battling the scary disease, and now, they're helping to spread an important message about it to the world.
“Eighty percent of men don’t realize they can contract breast cancer," Meg told ABC News. "If it prevents one family from losing a dad or a husband, that’s why we do it,” she said of their journey to help raise awareness that men are susceptible to the disease. (About 1 percent of all breast cancer diagnoses occur in men.)
Gerard, who was first told he had breast cancer in 2006, had his disease return in 2011. In between, in 2009, his wife was also diagnosed. Both healthy now, they've begun speaking out at numerous civic organizations, urging doctors to speak directly about the issue to their male patients. They've also lobbied lawmakers in Connecticut to declare the third week of October Male Breast Cancer Awareness week, as it is in Pennsylvania, Florida, and New Jersey.
We're rooting for this husband-and-wife team and their important mission. Knowledge is power!