Massachusetts Teacher Adopts Student with Down Syndrome After His Mother Passed Away

In an incredible story, Kerry Bremer, a devoted Massachusetts teacher, supported Jake Manning and his late mother during her battle with cancer.

Brenner met Manning and his mother back in 2015. As soon as they met she “fell in love with  him instantly.” Jean Manning was battling terminal breast cancer and the entire time she was very worried about the future of her son.

“As she got sicker that year, I just thought, ‘What is she going to do?’” Bremer said, according to a report from CBS 12.

After speaking with her husband, Bremer was able to give the dying woman peace of mind.

“If you need a backup plan for Jake, then our family is happy to make him part of our family,” Bremer told Jean. “She said, ‘I’ll sleep better tonight than I have in a long time,’” Bremer recalled.

“When I first met him when he was in Kerry’s class, it was fun,” Kerry’s husband Dave Bremer said. “But when we first decided to do this and I met him again, he said. ‘You’re the dad? You’re Dave the dad?’ That was it for a very long time. I was Dave the dad.”

Jake began spending weekends and holidays with his future family. All of the Manning children embraced Jake. They formed a strong bond that carried them through his devastating loss of his mother.

On Wednesday Jake’s mother passed away. “My mom went to Heaven,” he said. “She’s always in my heart.”

A GoFundMe page has since been created by friends of the family to support Jake Manning and the Bremers. It has already exceeded its $25,000 goal and has surpassed $40,000.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jake and everyone involved. At least one of his prayers was answered when he was given an incredible family to provide him with love and guidance throughout his life.

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