Brittany Burns was diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer less than a month ago. Three days later–on December 9–Buffalo Bills linebacker Tony Steward proposed to his longtime girlfriend. On Tuesday, Brittany Burns passed away. She was just 26 years old.
Shortly after learning she was sick, Burns and Steward set out to help other young women suffering from similar illnesses. The two launched “Britt and Tony’s Fight Like a Girl Campaign,” accepting donations for the cause on CrowdRise. They also created the hashtag #fightlikeagirl, using it in their social media posts.
One of the last Instagram posts on Brittany Burns’ page shows a group of men at an Atlanta sports training facility, as they are wishing her well and yelling the slogan.
“These guys rock! It’s the little words that come from God that mean so much! Can’t wait to be in their positive presence ? @z32smith @hammersmith27 @coachchipsmith,” she captioned it.
Brittany Burns remained grateful and gracious throughout her cancer fight, taking to social media on the day of her diagnosis.
In a lot of pain tonight, but I look to my left and I've got @Tony_theTiger7 and to my right I've got my kitty and the pain feels better
— Brittany Burns (@bburns2012) December 10, 2015
Her spirits were still high weeks later, when a second round of chemo was needed.
I've got an incredible support system including my family, friends, and a fiancé, NOTHING will bring be down today. #ChemoRound2
— Brittany Burns (@bburns2012) December 29, 2015
Now that Brittany Burns is gone, Tony Steward needs the support of his loved ones and his friends to help him cope with this devastating loss.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 3, 2016
Brittany Burns will live on in the heart of Tony Steward and others who loved her. They will no doubt keep her memory alive by continuing the #fightlikeagirl campaign.