Family’s fundraiser for children’s camp honors son
Branden Pierce, pictured here relaxing, loved working with kids at Camp Killoqua. The Snohomish man died Sept. 26.
SNOHOMISH — Brant and Tracey Pierce are trying their best to personify their late son’s lifelong love for Camp Killoqua, the children’s camp in Stanwood run by Camp Fire of Snohomish County.
Branden Pierce had always held a special place in his heart for Camp Killoqua and horse riding. He spent a majority of his childhood at camp as well as spending time at the camp’s horse riding area as an adult. Even while battling multiple health issues, he still found ways to be involved with the camp and its horse riding activities.
Branden Pierce died Sept. 26 at the age of 38. In honor of his memory, a fundraiser aims to refurbish the camp’s riding area.
“We want to honor his legacy and revamp that area of camp, and expose children to horseback riding, help them gain confidence, and just promote the camp experience in general,” said Pierce’s partner, Melissa Steinmetz. The building there is beginning to deteriorate.
“Branden has touched a lot of lives, and when we were trying to think of something that would be best for him to be memorialized by, we got a lot of suggestions from family and friends. When the idea of Camp Killoqua came up it was like a lightbulb went on. I feel like Branden can continue to touch lives by these improvements,” Tracey Pierce said.
Donations are being taken at www.campfiresnoco.org/bpierce/ or call the Camp Fire office at 425-258-5437.
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