Mary Katharine Ham’s husband Jake Brewer was killed over the weekend during a long-distance cycling ride as part of the Ride to Conquer Cancer, when he lost control of his bike and crashed into a car.

When I heard the news my thoughts after the enormity of the loss were that it could have been me. In my prior life, I did many triathlons and long training sessions. My wife always worried about the swim, but I knew that was the easy and safe part. I feared the bike portion, and the long-distance bike training rides. A small road fissure, momentary lack of attention, or distracted driver was all it would take.

Brewer was a White House science policy aide. Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has the details, as well as a link to the fundraising effort for their child and unborn child.

Mary Katharine is pregnant, and according to the Washington Post, Jake mistakenly learned the sex of their unborn child, something Mary Katharine doesn’t even know yet (via @JimmyPrinceton):

There never are words sufficient for such occasions.


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