In March, 2009, at thirty-one years of age, Kerri Midkiffed received the diagnosis of breast cancer. Married for eight years, Brian and Kerri had two girls who were only six and four. This diagnosis was a life interruption they never expected.
The doctors took great care of Kerri through a double mastectomy, reconstruction, a full hysterectomy and 18 weeks of chemotherapy.
The emotional toll of cancer was greater than Kerri and Brian had anticipated. Kerri could heal from her surgeries, but how could she explain cancer to her young daughters?
Going to a cancer support center provided the Midkiff family with peace and understanding. Unfortunately, the support center was an hour and twenty minutes away from home. The drive was a burden to a healing family. Then, inspiration hit! Kerri needed to bring this essential help and comfort closer to home. Her dream blossomed into Hope Center.
On December 31st, 2013, six days before Hope Center opened, Kerri was given the news of reoccurrence. Volunteers helped her open Hope Center, despite the obstacle, and have been helping ever since.
Kerri is currently in a medical trial to treat her metastasized breast cancer. She’ll fight cancer for the rest of her life. Doctors hope that Kerri can be lesion free—and so do we! Meanwhile, she leads Hope Center in offering prayer, love, information, leadership and support.
“The crazy thing is, I wanted to help others by opening Hope Center. Now, Hope Center is helping me—and my family, too! If you come to Hope Center, I will be healing alongside you. God works in wonderful mysterious ways,”—Kerri Midkiff, Hope Center Founder & Survivor