When the mom of a student with Down Syndrome dies of cancer, his teacher adopts him
Jean Manning was a single mom to Jake, a boy with Down Syndrome. The duo had to shift to Massachusetts from Florida for Jean’s medical care. Fortunately, soon after they shifted, a school placement was found and Jake became settled into what would be his new normal.
That’s when Jean and Jake met Kerry Bremer – the teacher who would soon be a mom to the boy.
“I fell in love with him instantly,” Kerry told WCVB. After talking with her husband, Kerry made Jean an offer.
“Kerry Bremer came to Jeanie as an angel on earth and stepped up and offered to bring Jake into her family of five should Jeanie’s cancer win,” Jean’s friend Cheryl said.
On November 13, Jean took a nap after a chemotherapy treatment and never woke up. As promised, Kerry immediately picked up Jake and is now in the process of helping him cope with what will be his new life.