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Scott is a "forty something" year old man who was diagnosed with stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer that has spread to his bones. Particularly, his spine and pelvis areas. WHAT? A 1 in 1,000 chance and 100 times less common in men than women.

Male breast cancer occurs when malignant cells form in the tissues of the breast. Any man can develop breast cancer, but it is most common among men who are 60 – 70 years of age. About one percent of all breast cancers occur in men. About 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, with about 450 deaths due to male breast cancer occurring each year.

Many men may be surprised to learn that they can get breast cancer. Men have breast tissue that develops in the same way as breast tissue in women, and is susceptible to cancer cells in the same way. In girls, hormonal changes at puberty cause female breasts to grow. In boys, hormones made by the testicles and prevent the breasts from growing. Breast cancer in men is uncommon because male breasts have ducts that are less developed and are not exposed to growth-promoting female hormones.

Just like in women, breast cancer in men can begin in the ducts and spread into surrounding cells. More rarely, men can develop inflammatory breast cancer or Paget’s disease of the nipple, which happens when a tumor that began in a duct beneath the nipple moves to the surface. Male breasts have few if any lobules, and so lobular carcinoma rarely, if ever, occurs in men.

Metastatic breast cancer occurs when cancer cells spread to another part of the body. Breast cancer can be metastatic at the time of diagnosis, or following treatment. Cancer cells can travel through the bloodstream and spread to other organs and parts of the body.

The most common sites of metastases are the breast or area where the breast used to be, the chest wall, the lymph nodes, the bones, the lungs or around the lungs, the liver or the brain. If you have been treated for breast cancer and now have cancer cells in any of these areas, it is most likely breast cancer that has spread.

Metastatic breast cancer is different to recurrent breast cancer. Recurrent breast cancer is cancer that returns to the same part of the same breast after treatment, rather than to other parts of the body. When cancer develops in the second breast, it is almost always a new cancer, not a recurrence.

Before the diagnosis and treatment, Scott was a coach for several of his son's baseball teams throughout the years. His son, Trevor, is currently a part of the Lake Norman Copperheads baseball organization. Baseball is the only normal thing this family has left, as they are juggling the costs of Scott's care. A go fund me page is available to help the Hylands.

The Situation:
Scott has not worked in the last 7 months. Savings have been depleted. He has insurance until July 1st. They have applied for SSDI, but it will take a few months to kick in.

Jenn needed to quit her job as assistant manager of a convenience store in order to stay home to take care of Scott after he had to be hospitalized twice from suffering two separate strokes caused by a medication that he has since been taken off of.

Trevor, is part of the Lake Norman Copperheads baseball organization. The season ends in July and the new season begins right away. The team has supported the family to help keep Trevor in baseball, but Scott and Jennifer are worried about how to financially keep him in baseball next year, in order to keep a sense of normality for him.

Imagine you are going about life, a good one at that, and you are struck with the news that you have cancer. The "C" word... As a "forty something" year old man you are told you have breast cancer. WHAT? A 1 in 1,000 chance and 100 times less common in men than women.

So you begin the process of fighting this scourge when additional complications happen as a result of treatment making a return to work impossible for the foreseeable future. What about your beautiful wife and amazing son? The home you've worked so hard to obtain...

Family and friends, this is where we come in because Scott, Jennifer and Trevor need our help. Treatment is going well and Jenn, as his full-time (and necessary) caregiver, is right where she needs to be. She is supporting Scott in his fight and Trevor to keep his life as normal as possible with school and baseball with the Lake Norman Copperheads.

Scott's employer has been generous, but the cost of Scott's treatment has put a financial strain on the family. If you can spare anything, it would be greatly appreciated. No amount is too small and is greatly appreciated.


  • Valeries Smithers
    • $20 
    • 9 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Melissa Pederson
Moorpark, CA
Jennifer Hyland

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