MFLCares’ September Spotlight: Bryce’s Warriors

Bryce Draisey was a happy and presumably healthy 11-year-old boy when he was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. Over the next 2+ years, he endured several surgeries, including a heart transplant, rejection of his new heart, many hospital stays and many other health complications that arose during that time. He endured all of this believing that each day is a new one and the trials, sadness, or anger that may have happened yesterday no longer matter today. He took his health problems seriously and complied with all of his doctors’ instructions, but he also took all of it in stride most of the time. He just wanted to be a normal teenager who went to school and had fun with friends.

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.

MFLCares is honored to support Bryce’s Warriors and its four missions:

  1. To tell Bryce Draisey’s story in hopes of raising awareness for organ donation and encouraging people to sign up to be organ donors.
  2. To provide scholarships to graduating seniors at Southeast Polk High School in memory of Bryce Draisey who died of complications after a heart transplant while awaiting his second heart transplant.
  3. To provide financial and emotional support to families of pediatric patients who are waiting for or have received a heart transplant.
  4. To give back to other organizations who made a large impact in the life of Bryce Draisey and his family during his battle with his health and who continue to help children in need.

Help keep Bryce’s memory alive and other families in need by participating in the 7th Annual Bryce Draisey Memorial Golf Tournament. The 4-Person Best Ball event will be held Saturday, September 28 at Terrace Hills Golf Course in Altoona, IA. Please register by September 14. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, a cart and dinner provided by Smokey D’s. Hole sponsorships are also available. Questions? Please contact Derek Draisey at 515-564-9524 or at

MFLCares is a program of Midwest Family Lending, a local mortgage company committed to creating customers for life and community impact. Through MFLCares, Midwest Family Lending employees nominate and select one cause a month that is dear to their hearts to receive a donation. Check out our calendar to learn more about these great causes in our area.

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