Fox News contributor and Town Hall editor Mary Katharine Ham lost her husband, White House staffer Jake Brewer, in a cycling accident on Saturday.
Brewer, 34, was participating in the 150 mile Ride to Conquer Cancer in the Washington D.C. area when he lost control of his bike and swerved into an oncoming car.
Ham wrote about her husband in an Instagram post on Sunday: “I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies.” Mary Katherine, 35, and Jake were married in 2011 and have a 2-year-old daughter, Georgia, together. She is expecting their second child in two months.
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“Brewer’s mother said Jake was in the fundraiser because of a close friend who was a cancer patient. He ‘lived life large and tended to live life for other people,'” Lori Brewer Collins told the Washington Post.
Ham’s fellow Town Hall editor, Guy Benson has set up a GoFundMe page to support the education of the couple’s children, which has reached over $150,000 of its $200,000 goal in less than 24 hours. Senior Editor Ed Morrissey wrote on their website Sunday: “Mary Katharine faces some very difficult challenges for her children and herself without Jake, but we can help take worries over education off the table for her.”
An outpouring of support and sympathy followed the announcement of Brewer’s death on Saturday, from conservative and liberal alike, even from the Oval Office.
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Fellow Fox News personalities shared their thoughts.
What a truly beautiful tribute, MK. Praying for your broken heart. https://t.co/jPl6NzksE3
— Andrea Tantaros (@AndreaTantaros) September 20, 2015
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) September 20, 2015
My heart goes out to Mary Katharine and Georgia. Jake was a great guy. Praying for you both.
— Juan Williams (@TheJuanWilliams) September 20, 2015
President Obama released a statement on Sunday, which reads, in part:
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… 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.
Here is the wonderful tribute Ham wrote to her husband:
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