About the Brady Nickerson Foundation

The Brady Nickerson Foundation is a non-profit in memory of Brady Nickerson. All donations are tax-deductible. The Brady Nickerson Foundation’s goal is to keep the memory of Brady Nickerson alive who passed away from pediatric Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) on May 26, 2019, after a month-long battle. The foundation does this by:

  • Giving a scholarship to a player to play on the elite Sluggers U team.
  • Giving a scholarship to one deserving Glenburn Elementary School 8th grade graduate who displays one or more of the following characteristics: Love of Sports, Kindness, Bravery, Compassion, Community Involvement, and Motivation.
  • Helping local rec, school, and little league baseball programs.
  • Being a part of cancer awareness and fundraising causes in the local community.
  • Offering a scholarship to a deserving child to attend the University of Maine Orono summer baseball camp.
  • Helping to fund Osteosarcoma research.

Meet Our Board

Angel and Preston Nickerson
Parents of Brady Nickerson

Preston Nickerson is Brady’s father. He has worked in the printing industry for the last 30 years. He has spent numerous hours volunteering for various youth sports programs in Glenburn. He has coached since his older children were playing sports and still is with his youngest, Trenton. Preston has also volunteered on both the recreation and Little League boards in Glenburn holding various positions. Preston has been a referee and umpire through the local area.      Brady’s love of sports and all of the New England sports teams was handed off from his dad. Preston volunteered with Brady’s Sluggers team and was happiest carting him to every single practice, game, and tournament all over New England.      Preston is passionate about keeping Brady’s memory alive and helping with cancer awareness projects. 

Angel Nickerson is Brady’s mother. She has worked at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center for 20 years. She has spent the last 5 years as a nursing tech on the pediatrics floor.       Angel has been a past volunteer and board member for the Glenburn Recreation and Little League. She has volunteered at the school in both Brady’s and his younger brother Trenton’s classrooms. Angel has volunteered with Brady’s Sluggers team through fundraising efforts to help with travel costs for tournaments. Angel previously volunteer for a local food program along with Brady. 
     Angel is passionate about keeping Brady’s memory alive and helping with pediatric cancer awareness. 

Maurice “Moe” Day

I grew up in the town of Glenburn where I continue to live today. I attended John Bapst Memorial High School and I graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in Economics. I currently work at Down East Toyota specifically within the wholesale and auction industry where I have grown with the company for more than 27 years.

One of my earliest memories of Brady is when Preston coached my son Andrew’s Glenburn Rec Pee Wee T-Ball team. Preston needed an assistant coach so I offered to help out. I can remember Brady Nickerson as a bright-eyed boy with an enormous swing, I personally saw his love and passion for baseball firsthand at an early age. Preston and I continued to coach Glenburn Recreation soccer and basketball as well as Glenburn Little League together for several years and I have great memories of the time we spent with the kids growing up. I’ve also coached Glenburn travel basketball, served as V.P. of Baseball Operations for Glenburn Little League and I currently serve as the Chairperson for the Glenburn Recreation Committee.

In my spare time I enjoy fishing, woodworking, home improvement projects, cooking on the grill and spending time with my wife of over 20 years; Karen, my kids; Danny, Grace and Andrew, grandson Parker and dog Buddy.


Nick Derba
University of Maine
Head Baseball Coach


Nick Derba is entering his 5th season as the Head Baseball Coach at the University of Maine. A Manhattan College graduate and a member of the 2019 Manhattan College Hall of Fame, Coach Derba joined the Black Bears as an assistant in 2013 after a 6 year professional career in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He reached as high as Triple A as a catcher with the Cards. Coach Derba has dedicated much of the Black Bears community service endeavors towards the youth of Maine through programs that offer low to no cost options to receive high level instruction as well as competitive play. Additionally, and most importantly, the Black Bears have been a part of various cancer initiatives over the past 4 years. All of these were geared towards fundraising and education. Nick and the Nickerson family were brought together through Brady’s struggle with cancer but more than anything, his love for the game of baseball. “When I heard about Brady from social media and our Athletic communications, I told the team and we got a gift box together as quickly as possible. We knew that time was a luxury and that if he did receive the box, we hoped that it would give him a smile during a time when he might not be experiencing many.” Coach Derba and Angel and Preston Nickerson met the following year at a Black Bear baseball practice and the relationship was created. Nick’s favorite interest is spending time with his wife Megan and son Benjamin. He loves his players, baseball, fishing, the Peloton and lifting. Last, but not least, Nick loves being a Coach, mentor and friend to anyone that he has the chance to coach.

Karl Ward

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Irv Marsters

Irv Marsters is retired after nearly 40 years as President of Bangor Letter Shop, a commercial printing and mailing service in Bangor where Bray’s father, Preston, was employed for 25 years. A graduate of the University of Maine with a Masters Degree in Political Science, he is one of the founders of the University Credit Union and the Orrington/Holden-based 19th Century Curran Village, a 501c(3) non-profit corporation. Irv’s employment since 1963 has centered on capacity building and organization development in both public and private sectors. His volunteer activities have focused on financial development assignments for Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, Pine Tree Chapter, American Red Cross, March of Dimes, Friends of UMaine Hockey and Baseball and Bangor Region Junior Achievement’s Economic Education Program for K thru 12 youth in area schools.
As a former Little League pitcher , he watched and applauded Brady’s outstanding pitching and batting skills and accomplishments.

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Brandon Portwine
President of Sluggers

Brandon finished his playing career at the University of Maine in 
1993-1995 and then began his coaching career at Stearns High School. 
He was the Assistant Coach at Stearns from 2005-2006 and became the 
Head Coach from 2007-2012. In 2005 Brandon started out as an Assistant 
Coach with the American Legion Northern Lumber and in 2011 became the 
Head Coach of the Northern Lumber until 2013. In 2014, he was an 
Assistant Coach for both the American Legion State Champions, the 
Bangor Comrades and the American Junior Legion State Champions, the 
Bangor Cadets.

Following his successful high school coaching career, Brandon spent 7 
years on staff at Husson University, where he was an Assistant and 
First Base Coach, he also served as the Assistant Director of 
Facilities.

Currently, Brandon is the Owner and President at Sluggers, where he 
provides one on one instruction and coaches a travel team. Brandon 
also oversees the entire operation and handles accounting.

Amanda Butterfield, CPA

Treasurer

Amanda serves as the Treasurer of the Brady Nickerson Foundation.  She first met Brady and his family when her son, Brandon, started kindergarten with Brady at the Glenburn School.  Brandon and Brady had similar interests and played baseball, basketball and soccer together through town recreation and school sports.  Brady will forever be a part of the Butterfield family memories of the nine years the boys spent coming up through the Glenburn School.

Amanda graduated from Husson University.  She and her husband, David, own Tradewinds Marketplace in Milo, Maine and Tim Hortons in Clinton, Maine. Before joining David in running the day-to-day operations of their businesses, Amanda spent 19 years working in public accounting at BerryDunn, where she specialized in financial statement and federal/state grant auditing and consulting for large not-for-profit organizations.  She has previously served as Treasurer of United Way of Eastern Maine and Good Samaritan Agency.


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