Community rallies around young couple battling life threatening illness

WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Valentine's Day means more than just a day of love for Brittney Ross and Jared Brewer, it signifies starting their life together, however long that may be.

They met four years ago when they were both corrections officers. They realized they like all the same things. They started going to concerts and were hanging out often. First they became best friends, and then they fell in love.

"I have no doubt that we are absolutely supposed to be married we are absolutely supposed to move the rest of our lives together," said Brittney.

They were planning to get married, when, at 28, Brittney was diagnosed with Small Cell Cervical cancer. It is very aggressive and there are few survivors.

"I just hold her hand and do what we need to do and get through it," said Jared.

Through the ups and downs, Jared has been next to Brittney's side. Brittney said she is hopeful, but there have been setbacks.

They moved the date of their wedding from August to Feb.27, but they wound up getting married on Valentine's Day. At that point, they were not sure at the time if Brittney would live through the weekend. But she did. Brittney just keeps surprising people.

Their wedding celebration and reception is still scheduled for the 27, even though Brittney is currently back in the hospital. It will be a hoedown, just like Brittney always wanted. She's got her dress and her boots and their friends in the law enforcement community will all be there.

Brittney was working as a police dispatcher when she was diagnosed. The HR department opened a sick bank for her. Within three days, people on the police and fire departments had donated enough of their sick days to her, that she could continue to get paid for a year and a half. The Corrections Department, where Jared is on the tactic team, has been equally supportive, allowing Jared time to take care of the love of his life. Another member of the tactical team made T-shirts, which they are selling as a fundraiser for the couple.

This is the link to buy them There is also a GoFundMe site to help with Brittney's medical expenses.


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