MFLCares about Bryce’s Warriors

Derek Draisey, Midwest Family Lending Loan Originator and Co-Founder of Bryce’s Warriors stands by our charity wall featuring September’s charity, Bryce’s Warriors.

Every September, we step back and take a little time to remember Bryce Draisey. Bryce lost his life to dilated cardiomyopathy on May 3, 2010. In 2013, Bryce’s parents, Derek and Michelle, started a foundation to keep Bryce’s memory alive by helping others who are experiencing the same hardships they faced during Bryce’s medical journey.

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MFLCares is honored to help keep Bryce Draisey’s memory alive by supporting Bryce’s Warriors.

“2023 marks 10 years for Bryce’s Warriors. That’s 10 years of spending time with loved ones while raising over $100,000! None of it would be possible without the continued support of our friends and family, who’ve been by our side through it all. We’ve met so many wonderful people along the way who’ve become close and cherished friends.” – Michelle Draisey, Co-Founder of Bryce’s Warriors

100% of all funds raised for Bryce’s Warriors is used to help others.

The funds are distributed in a number of different ways:

  1. Multiple $750 scholarships to SE Polk Seniors. Recipients are selected based on their personal medical journeys or those of an immediate family member. Some recipients are selected based on their desire to pursue a degree in a medical profession.
  2. Gas and Food cards for families of children who have received, or are waiting for, a heart transplant.
  3. Children’s Miracle Network at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
  4. Iowa Donor Network.
  5. Annual funding of Thanksgiving dinner for families in the PICU.

Bryce’s Warriors has one main fund-raising event each year.

“We are excited to mix things up a bit this year with a new fundraising event” says Michelle. The Bryce Draisey Memorial Bags Tournament, 9/30/23 at the Shootout Saloon in Dexter, IA. “This is going to be such a fun new way to raise funds. We’re hoping to see a lot of new faces as well as many of the same faces who support our cause each and every year. ”

It’s not too late to sign up! Late registrations will be taken up until Wednesday, 9/27. You can sign-up by emailing Derek at

We are so grateful for those many people who followed along with us during Bryce’s medical journey and since, supporting our entire family in so many ways.

Michelle draisey

Bryce was proud to spread his story to as many people as he could to create awareness for organ donation. In doing this, he also spread a story of love, courage, and forgiveness that all who knew him will remember.

To donate,
Venmo @Bryces Warriors, or mail your check to:

Bryce’s Warriors, Inc.
9237 Diamondhead Dr.
Dexter, IA 50070

MFLCares is a program of Midwest Family Lending Corp., a mortgage company located in Urbandale, IA.  The program was started in 2016 to create a conduit between our communities and the incredible causes within them. The intent of MFLCares is to promote and support central Iowa charities, to create relationships and partnerships with these non-profit organizations, and to foster an environment of service among our team. Each month, we get the opportunity to meet the real people behind these organizations, and we continue to be amazed! Monthly charities will be promoted through the personal and professional networks of our team.  Visit our website to see other MFLCares charities who are doing great things! 

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