Jake Brewer’s death is tragic mostly because he died while helping others. The White House advisor was riding a bicycle during a Ride to Conquer Cancer rally in honor of a sick friend when a fatal bike accident occurred.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, on Sunday Fox News journalist Mary Katharine Ham, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, published a heartfelt Instagram post about Jake Brewer’s death on Sunday.
“We lost our Jake yesterday, and I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies,” Ham wrote. “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.”
President Barack Obama also officially released a statement on Jake Brewer’s death.
“I am heartbroken at the tragic loss of one of my advisors, Jake Brewer. We set out to recruit the best of the best to join their government and help us harness the power of technology and data to innovate new solutions for the 21st century. Simply put, Jake was one of the best. Armed with a brilliant mind, a big heart, and an insatiable desire to give back, Jake devoted his life to empowering people and making government work better for them. He worked to give citizens a louder voice in our society. He engaged our striving immigrants. He pushed for more transparency in our democracy. And he sought to expand opportunity for all. I’ve often said that today’s younger generation is smarter, more determined, and more capable of making a difference than I was as a young man. Jake was proof of that. Michelle and I are praying for all of Jake’s family and his many friends, most of all his wife, Mary Katharine Ham, their daughter, Georgia, and their growing family. They’ll always have a family here at the White House.”
Friends of Mary Katharine have started a GoFundMe fundraiser page in order to help provide for their children as they grow up. She has also asked that people donate to The Travis Manion Foundation, which supports families of fallen US servicemen.
“There was no thought too optimistic for Jake, so take it and run with it,” wrote Mary Katharine. “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. [The photo on this post] 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.”
Although it has been less than a day since the GoFundMe page was created in honor of Jake Brewer’s death, the fundraiser has already raised over $110,000 to help the family.
[Image via Instagram]