Just one month after Cassie and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Ryan Lohrey tied the knot in a beautiful wedding, unimaginable tragedy struck: Ryan, who was on his way to Arizona for military training, died in a plane crash.
Three weeks later, though, Cassie was able to find a little bit of joy when she learned she was pregnant with her — and Ryan's — first child. The news was bittersweet, but in an effort to honor her late husband, Cassie decided to hold her gender reveal on Veteran's Day. She also got Ryan's military friends involved, inviting them to help her with the big announcement.
"I ed one of them, and they did it with no hesitation and no questions asked," Cassie told People. "They said, 'I'll take care of it. We'll get everybody here you need. Anything you want, we'll do.'"
Ultimately the gender reveal went off without a hitch, and a video captured by North Carolina photographer Saralyn Johnson went viral, collecting hundreds of thousands of views on Facebook. Up next for Cassie: being the best mom ever to her baby, who's due in March 2018.