Mary Katharine Ham has been a friend to Blackfive, and to many of the member authors, almost from the first day of this blog. She was and is a staunch friend to our troops and veterans, and has done a great deal for them -- often quietly. Her support, both direct and via helping a number of veteran charities, is but one way she has walked and not just talked. I believe I can speak for most authors, and say that we were all very happy for her when Jake Brewer came into her life, and became her husband, and the father of a lovely daughter and one child on the way. Like MKH, he too did for others, and was in a bike ride to support a friend with cancer.
I regret to report that Jake Brewer was killed yesterday in a tragic accident while participating in a charity bicycle ride. He was 34 years old. MK's post is on Instagram, and she is sharing photos there that give a better view of Jake to us all.
On behalf of the authors at Blackfive, I wish to extend our sympathies and sincere condolences to Mary Katharine and her children, and the family of Jake Brewer. There truly are no words at a time like this. I simply add that if there is anything we can do, please do let us know. Please keep them all in your thoughts, prayers, or whatever it is that you do.