Dr. Raul Storey and designer Katherine Cordero empower cancer patients (includes video story)

Oncologist Dr. Raul Storey’s passion, dedication and generosity have brightened up the life of many cancer patients.

When Storey received news that his father had been diagnosed with prostate cancer years ago, he was only in high school. Part of a unique program, he had also been accepted into medical school. His family and peers immediately began to look up to him as if he was already a doctor. From this moment on, he took the lead in action and research to provide his father with the best treatment.

Since then, Storey has served as the research project coordinator for an oncology group in Houston. Also, during his residency he gained experience with the MD Anderson Cancer Center Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Department at the University of Texas. He currently works in the Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute in Vero Beach, Florida.

Storey has also partnered with Venezuelan fashion designer Katherine Cordero to create the We are Goddess Society. They shared their passion, talent, and energy creating this project in hopes of inspiring women to connect with their internal beauty and feel empowered. Storey and Cordero are striving to create a community of “goddesses” that are concentrated in life and pushing themselves forward to achieve anything they want to conquer.

South Florida Access reporter Andrea V. Gonzalez talked to Storey about giving back to the community and the “We are Goddess Society.”

During the pandemic, Storey has incorporated routines and activities to keep his patients positive in these difficult times.

Storey’s healing arts project includes more than a dozen people specializing in a variety of fields of liberal arts to keep patients positive during difficult times. To provide this service to his patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, Storey has created a way for patients to access the healing programs virtually.

“It has been so powerful…the way the art is able to bring so much joy and positive impact and feelings to the patients while they are going through this treatment,” Storey said. “It has helped them with anxiety, depression, and has served as a sense of hope in achieving a coping skill when dealing with this disease.”

Brea Jones, rising FIU senior, has experience writing, videography/photography, interviewing, using Adobe Software and currently works as  Promotion and Recruitment Director for FIU Student Media. She has worked with several publications and published over 30 articles; to see her profile click https://breajones5.wixsite.com/journalismportfolio.

Andrea Gonzalez is a Venezuelan Broadcast Media student minoring in Social Media and E-Marketing. Since she can remember, she has always aspired to be in front of a television screen informing and entertaining people with news.

Kevin Gonzalez is a broadcast media major at FIU. He is skilled in video editing and production, and his true passion is sports. He strives to create and host his own on-air sports show and podcast.

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Monica is working on her broadcast journalism bachelor's degree. She loves to write and is passionate about sports, the art of interviewing and strives to become an on-air sports talent. She produces digital content and is a social media manager.