Written by Kerri Midkiff in 2017
“In 2009 my family received news that no one wants to hear. Especially when Brian and I were only 31. Our girls were only 6 and 4. The news was CANCER….. I HAVE CANCER!
Little did we know at the time, but cancer was going to have it’s up and downs. And it was actually going to be a blessing in so many ways. It took a few years for me to open my heart and actually listen to Him, but God set before me a scripture through a simple gift. “Praise be to the God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive form God.” Corinthians 1:3-4 So that’s how the Hope Center seed started! Hope Center is one of my blessings! Anyone that comes to us is family. And this family has blessed me and my family to eternity!
My husband Brian and I are now 39. He is the hardest working, sincerest, husband and father. He is truly my first gift from God 18 years ago. My Riley is now 14 and she is another gift! Sensitive, sincere, loving, helpful, reliable… that’s my girl. She’s had a very rough time with the past 8 years but she handles things really well. Then there’s my gift Buggy, aka Hailey. She is now 12 and will one day be a fashionista! Loving, sassy, loving, sincere, caring, attitude and personality of her momma…… that’s my girl!
They are why I fight! God gives me so much to be able to fight for them!! I want to share this with families that come in. Things that they share with me help us as well! I LOVE THE HOPE CENTER and everyone that has anything to do with it! Thank you, Jesus, for the opportunity to comfort others, to plant seeds, and to open my heart and not be in the way of your words. I am able to use my life for you and I can only do that with you walking beside me. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.
—Kerri Midkiff, Hope Center Founder
Kerri Midkiff, 40 gained her wings after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, May 7, 2018. Second to being a loving mother and wife, her passion was to help others with their cancer journey through Hope Center. Today, her family, friends and the Northwest Indiana community continue Kerri’s legacy by helping families facing cancer. We are inspired by her love, friendship and faith every day.