Brittany Burns: Buffalo Bills Linebacker Tony Steward's Fiancee Dies of Ovarian Cancer

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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.

A video posted by Brittany Burns (@bburns) on

Brittany Burns remained grateful and gracious throughout her cancer fight, taking to social media on the day of her diagnosis.

Her spirits were still high weeks later, when a second round of chemo was needed.

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.

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.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.