Braxton’s Bobber Bash pays tribute to his stillborn son

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — An ice fishing tournament this weekend will raise awareness of stillbirths in memory of a local couple’s son.

In 2018, the Bloomer couple lost their son, Braxton. Since then, they’ve kept his memory alive by hosting Braxton’s Bobber Bash to raise money for the Star Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing stillbirths and helping families living through this tragedy.

Amanda, Braxton’s mother, wants to let the other families know they are not alone.

“Letting our story be known and other families know that we continue to keep Braxton’s memory alive and we keep moving forward,” said Amanda McKown. “It’s just great to know that we’re able to help others who may be going through this and also raise money for Star Legacy to hopefully prevent some of these stillbirths so that other families don’t have to go through this.”

McKown said they wanted to do something in the winter that could bring the community together to remember the son they lost.

The event takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Dunn County. There will be fishing, a 50/50 draw, prizes and more. You must pre-register if you wish to fish in the tournament. You can find registration and donation information by visiting

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