In Honor Of
When Erik Humphrey of Phoenix was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2003, he was given only a 20-percent chance of surviving another three years.
After discussing his options with his wife, Katie Humphrey, the then 32-year-old man agreed to undergo aggressive surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy at Barrow. Kris Smith, MD, was his neurosurgeon.
The illness left him with limited use of his left arm, but Katie says this has not stopped him from pursing his interest and dreams. In 2007 the couple had a daughter, Anna, and in 2010 they had twin boys, Charlie and Bennett. The family likes to spend time together skiing, bike riding and hiking.
In 2014, Erik opened his own interior design firm and furniture store in North Scottsdale.
For the past 11 years, the family has been grateful to have had clean scans each year at Erik's follow up appointments.
"Although Dr. Smith said that he will never say Erik is 'cured,' he does tell us every time that Erik is an amazing history of science and that he believes Erik will live many many years to come," says Katie. "Our lives have been blessed in so many ways and as each year passes, the milestone of having clean MRI's make us even more appreciative of what we have been given in life as individuals, a couple and now a family."