Country music superstar Aaron Watson and Curtis Brown, who played two seasons with the San Jose Sharks during his 17-year National Hockey League career, both suffered tragic loss of their baby daughters.
Watson helps others get through their heartache with music. Brown created the Aubri Brown Club non-profit organization to help families who have lost a child.
Country Summer Music Festival brought them together on June 14 in Santa Rosa, California. Watson was one of the festival’s top performers, and Brown, an avid country music fan, was there to support “Pass The Stick.”
In an effort to raise funds for the Aubri Brown Club, “Pass The Stick,” a retrofitted San Jose Sharks hockey stick initiative, began about two years ago. Temporary stick owners make a donation and take a photo of themselves; post on social media #passedthestickforaubribrown; then find someone to pass the stick to within a few days. The pattern is followed by each new temporary owner.
The stick is making its mark on Northern California’s country music community. Dan Weir, afternoons on Froggy 92.9, had temporary ownership and passed it to Ryan Scripps, a San Jose-based country music musician and big Sharks fan.
In 2011, Watson and his wife Kimberly lost their baby girl a few hours after she was born from complications related to abnormal chromosomes. Watson was inspired to write “Bluebonnets (Julia’s Song)” about her.
Brown and his wife Ami lost their daughter to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in 2005. It was their calling to create the Aubri Brown Club in her memory. For information on how you can contribute to families who have lost a child, visit Aubri Brown Club.