My Townhall Media colleague Mary Katharine Ham is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. She was fortunate enough to meet her match in a wonderful young man, Jake Brewer. They were wed in 2011.
MK and Jake have an adorable daughter, and another child on the way.
Jake was tragically lost yesterday as he participated in a charity bike ride to raise funds for cancer research.
Eloquent even in grief, Mary Katharine posted the following statement to her Instagram account today.
We lost our Jake yesterday, and I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies. I don’t have to tell most of you how wonderful he was. It was self-evident. His life was his testimony, and it was powerful and tender and fierce, with an ever-present twinkle in the eye. I will miss him forever, even more than I can know right now. No arms can be her father’s, but my daughter is surrounded by her very favorite people and all the hugs she could imagine. This will change us, but with prayer and love and the strength that is their companion, we can hope our heartache is not in vain– that it will change us and the world in beautiful ways, just as he did. If that sounds too optimistic at this time, it’s because it is. But there was no thought too optimistic for Jake, so take it and run with it. I will strive and pray not to feel I was cheated of many years with him, but cherish the gift of the years I had. In a life where nothing is guaranteed, Jake made the absolute, ever-lovin’ most of his time with all of us. This is a family picture we took a couple weeks ago. It was taken because Jake, as always, was ready with a camera and his immense talent. All four members of our little, growing family are in it. I can never be without him because these babies are half him. They are made of some of the strongest, kindest stuff God had to offer this world. Please pray that he can see us and we’ll all make him proud. God, I love him. Psalm 34:18, Philippians 1:3
Please pray for the Ham and Brewer families, and most especially Mary Katharine and their children.
The Jake Brewer Memorial Education Fund has been established, with the goal of ensuring that Jake and Mary Katharine’s toddler daughter Georgia and the baby who is on the way will have money set aside for college.
It’s going to be incredibly difficult for Mary Katharine to deal with the stresses of raising two small children without Jake being present, but if we can hit the $200,000 goal to ensure that their education provided for, that would be one less concern for them.