MOUNT VERNON — On Thursday, October 2, during the regular chapel service, Brewton-Parker College trustee chairman and pastor of Vidalia First Baptist Church, Vidalia, Ga., Bucky Kennedy, led a special time honoring the late Braxton Caner, son of President and Mrs. Jill Caner and older brother to Drake Caner.
During the memorial time, Kennedy, who is also the Caners' pastor, announced the establishment of The Braxton Caner Freshman Athlete of the Year Award to be given each year beginning in 2015 to a qualifying athlete chosen by the Athletic Director. Those qualifying will be Brewton-Parker athletes who display undeniable Christian character, visible strength during adversity, and overall excellence in team competition.
During the memorial time, Kennedy also announced the establishment of The Braxton Caner Memorial Fund for the Prevention of Suicide and Cyber-bullying. In his presentation, Kennedy mentioned the brief cyber-bullying episode which took place on a social media thread only a few weeks before Braxton tragically died by a self-inflicted wound. While doubtful anyone can “prove” cyber-bullying was the cause of the young Caner’s death, the impression nonetheless exists strongly enough to establish a memorial fund to raise awareness and prevent both teen suicide and internet crimes like cyber-harassment and cyber-bullying.
In addition to the newly established fund, a website is reportedly under construction and will be available at www.braxtonslist.com. All donations to the fund may be marked as “Braxton Caner Memorial Fund” and mailed to Braxton Caner Memorial Fund, c/o Brewton-Parker College, P.O. Box 197, Number 2014, Mount Vernon, GA 30445. Donors may also give online once the website is launched.