There were many inspiring moments at the Trees For Charity auction gala
on Monday night
, among them was the very presence of a volunteer in the middle of all the action. In August of 2017, Duchesne County man Braxten Nielsen sustained a serious injury while competing for the College of Southern Idaho during a PRCA rodeo. Braxten’s horse reared up and smashed him against the shoot, compressing and twisting his spinal cord. He was flown to University of Utah hospital and after surgery was told he was paralyzed from the waist down. Bouncing around the room on his own two feet as a spotter during Monday’s auction, no stranger could have guessed Braxten was once told he would enjoy life from a wheelchair. Now a motivational speaker and budding auctioneer, Braxten took to the podium during the middle of the event and auctioned off his time as a motivational speaker to the highest bidder, bringing in $3,200 dollars for charity. Braxten also testified to the good that comes from charity events as he was the recipient of generous donations during Roosevelt’s Enchanted Forest and Vernal’s Trees For Charity events in 2017. To see how far he’s come, visit
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