Braxton Fuqua’s life tragically lasted just eight years, but his memory continues to live on through the work of the BraxtonStrong Foundation.
Fuqua’s mother, Nicole Turnbow, launched the initiative last year to serve the Greenbrier community and beyond in his name. She awarded the first-ever #BraxtonStrong Memorial Scholarship to 2020 Greenbrier senior Carter Preston during the school’s graduation ceremony on Monday, June 22.
“I am proud of this young man for representing through his actions a kind heart, compassion for others, a heart of faith, and of course a love for sports,” Turnbow wrote in a Facebook post. “All of these qualities remind me of what Braxton was made of.
“Continue to be a good person & live your faith, Carter! I am proud!”
Preston was a member of the Bobcat baseball and basketball teams. He plans to attend Volunteer State Community College and eventually become a firefighter.
As a forward in basketball, Preston averaged 10 points, 5.1 rebounds and took 45 charges last season. He was named to the 2019-20 All-Robertson County First Team.
Preston pitched and played first base in baseball. Although his senior season was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic, Preston went 4-1 with a 2.58 ERA and was named to the All-Robertson County Second Team as a junior in 2019.
“He was a bulldog on the mound, could absolutely compete and was a good leader on the infield for us as well,” Greenbrier coach Justin Alberson said in May.
Fuqua lost his year-and-a-half long battle with brain cancer on May 29, 2019. His baseball team, the Greenbrier 8U All-Stars, went on to win the Tennessee Dixie Youth state tournament later that summer with Turnbow in attendance.
The BraxtonStrong Foundation helps raise awareness for childhood cancer through advocacy and education. It also participates in various charitable causes and raises money throughout the year.