LINCOLN- In the memory of Brady Nickerson, a 14-year-old who passed away after a battle with cancer in May 2019, people of all ages went out on the frozen Mattanawcook Pond.
Brady’s sister said the ice fishing derby was meant to raise awareness of the deadly form of cancer while people participated in something Brady loved.
“It’s a great way to spread awareness and hopefully we can work with other organizations to raise awareness, raise money to keep baseball going and raise osteosarcoma awareness,” Ashley Mithcell, Brady’s sister, said.
“We’ve got tons of kids on here and he loved to go fishing,” she said.
As part of the Lincoln Cabin Fever Reliever, the Brady Nickerson Foundation held the derby to raise money for the Sluggers Scholarship.
“When we started planning the Cabin Fever Reliever for the town of Lincoln, they wanted a fishing derby but didn’t really know what to do,” Mitchell said.
“I said ‘Hey I have a foundation that would love to do a fishing derby.’ The council voted to donate the proceeds to the foundations and here we are,” she said.
Mitchell said over 70 people registered to go ice fishing with prizes coming to those who caught the biggest fish. Or whichever one was judged the prettiest by Brady’s niece.
“Three prizes for adults, 100 dollars for Flip-A-Thon Dance Studio, we have tickets to the Maine Discovery Museum, the Mariners hockey team and a gift basket from Norris Outfitters they can win,” Mitchell said.