Burglars steal everything from meds to clothes from cancer patient

A 34-year-old mother with cancer needs help after she was the victim of heartless criminals in southeast Miami-Dade County.

Kerria Dixon was first diagnosed in 2017. Her daughter, Da’Kerria Richardson, and mother, Gwendolyn Hixon, have kept her in the fight during the last five years.

Dixon was recently hospitalized for more than three weeks, and what should have been a happy homecoming on Monday turned into a nightmare.

“She is battling brain cancer in three places in her brain, and she had her double mastectomy and she has fluid, and a little cancer in her spine,” Hixon said through tears.

They had been wanting to move out of a public housing complex in the area of Southwest 127 Avenue and Moddy Drive. The two-bedroom apartment, near the Homestead Air Reserve Park, has one wall-mounted air conditioning unit, but she needs central air conditioning. They couldn’t afford to. This week, the desperation grew after a burglary.

“I smelled drugs and it smelled like cigarettes,” Hixon said.

When they walked into the kitchen, they found a hole in the ceiling. Hixon said a thief first broke through the roof and the attic to get inside and open the door. Her medications were gone. They also took jewelry, shoes, and clothes.

“They took all of my needles, all of my insulin. They took my pain medicine. They took medicine for my nerves,” Dixon said.

There was fear. Hixon said she is worried Dixon wasn’t doing well even before the burglary.

“She was ready to give up the past week. She said, she ‘Can’t keep going through all of this’ — and then for this to happen,” Hixon said.

Dixon said she is still hopeful. With all of her belongings gone, she had a message for the burglars: “I forgive you. God forgives you. You will reap what you sow. It was materialistic, it hurts, but you can’t take my joy.

“I have got so much to fight for.”


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