Teacher lifts former student with Down syndrome after cancer death


Jake Manning, 14, has Down Syndrome and met with Kerry Bremer four years ago when he was a special education teacher.

Brammer said that Jake was a "dynamic" boy and that he was immediately drawn to him.

He also knew that his mother, Jean Manning, was ill with terminal cancer that had metastasized to her brain. Manning was a single mom and her family couldn't take Jake in.

So Bremer talked to her husband and the kids, and they decided to help.

"I phoned her and said, 'I could really push the boundaries here, but I just want to let you know that if you need a plan of support for Jake, my family and I are willing to provide custody,'" Bremer said. "And he said, 'I'll sleep better tonight than I have in a long time.'

Jake Manning is boxing with his mom Jean Manning, right, and Kerry Bremer, who sometimes calls Kerrymom.

Last week, Manning put her son on the bus in the morning and died before he got to school.

"I'm terribly sad that Jake … doesn't have his mom with him for the rest of his life," Bremer told CNN. "But I am very, very grateful that he trusted us to take him and be with him and share the house with him."

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Brammer said Jake spent more time with them in the last three years to get to know each other.

"As the years went by, it was growing steadily and becoming very much a part of our family," Bremer said.

Manning shared with Jake and called him "our boy," Bremer said. But Jean was his mother, Jean was the decision maker.

Her death was a shock, but Jake handles it very well, Bremer said.

"He says he's in heaven with God and his aunts, he knows he won't see her again, he knows his new home is with us," he said. "She calls him Queen Angel Mom."

"My mother went to heaven," Jake told CNV WCVB. "It's always in my heart."

Bremer said Jake's mom is the hero of the story to do everything she can to make sure her son will be taken care of.

"You can't help but love him"

Jake Manning, right, embraces Dave Bremer during a televised interview.

When Bremer meets with Jake in her classroom, he says he knows he was special.

He often jumped around the room pretending to be Batman. It was full of energy, he said.

"And then the next minute will be the youngest little guy who looks you straight in the eyes and tells you he loved you," Bremer said. "You can't help him, but you love him."

He said Jake is a smart, funny and very dear kid.

"He didn't talk that much, but when he spoke and said something he wanted, 'Oh, my girl, you know that? How do you know all this? "he said.

People come together to help him

Burmer and her husband were named Jake's legal guardians in May and says they will adopt him with a heartbeat if that's the best thing for him.

What it means to raise a child with Down Syndrome
A GoFundMe account created to support Jake has earned nearly $ 30,000 in four days.

Bremer said his family adores Jake and that his assistant was a "no brainer" for them. He is amazed at all the attention they have received.

"This kid needed a place to be, and I can't believe it makes such an impact," he said.