33-year-old continues his fight as youngest Missouri man ever diagnosed with breast cancer
(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) – After years of battling cancer, a young St. Louis area man may have only weeks to live. He is the youngest man in Missouri to ever be diagnosed with breast cancer.
It was five years ago that Fox 2 News first introduced you to Josh Hendrix, a 29-year-old father who was fighting his second round of breast cancer.
"I don't even have the odds of winning the Powerball, but I can get male breast cancer," Hendrix said then. "I was just asking, 'Why me? Why me? Why me?'"
The cancer has since spread throughout Josh's body, to his spine, hips, liver, and lungs. And now at age 33, Josh is in hospice care at his mother's house. After one mastectomy, 104 rounds of chemo, and a number of infections, Josh refuses to surrender in his 10-year battle with cancer.
"I know I have bad cancer, I know it's spread a lot of places, but you know what I will fight 'til the day I can't fight no more," he said.
Male breast cancer accounts for only one percent of all cases and those men are usually over the age of 60. When Josh was diagnosed at 25, he was the youngest man in the nation, at that time, with breast cancer. Josh and his family hope his story will raise awareness.
"We never thought in a million years this would happen to Josh and men need to get checked. Young men need to get checked," said Melinda Riti, Josh's sister.
The cancer has also caused stress in his marriage. Josh separated from his wife more than a year ago, but he gets weekly visits from his children, ages 5 to 16. He said they are the reason he keeps fighting.
"There's been many times I wanted to give up, but I can't. I have kids, I can't give up," Hendrix said.
In the meantime, Josh's family has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover future expenses: My Hero, My Brother.