January 19, 2019 11:36 PM
(ABC 6 News)- On Saturday night, Kasson-Mantorville Middle School played host to a special event honoring a special person.
In August 2018, Braxton Raymond was diagnosed with a brain tumor, known as Anaplastic Astrocytoma. Many people from the community came out to show their love and support for the 21-year-old at his fundraiser.
Shooting for a Cure, Braxton’s Battle, featured auction items, food and an alumni basketball game between Braxton’s former high schools, Saint Peter and Kasson-Mantorville, with all proceeds going toward his medical expenses.
"I just can't believe how many people have showed up,” Braxton’s sister Tailor Raymond said. “It's truly awesome how not one community, but two communities and even farther than that, across the whole U.S [showed support]. It’s just amazing how much he's impacted people's lives."
The inspiration for this type of event came from his family’s deep love for basketball.
“Obviously [it’s] a stressful time for our family and friends and we wanted to lift him up by doing something that he loved,” Tailor said. “Basketball has been his whole life.”
It really is his whole. Braxton himself said that the game is everything to him.
However, despite his illness and all the obstacles that have come his way, his sister said, “He’s never going to back down.”
And Braxton concurs.
“I’m going to keep fighting,” Braxton expressed.
Created: January 19, 2019 11:36 PM
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