2017-12-03 / Front Page

St. Charles mourns the loss of student Gage Bryce

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter


Gage Bryce Gage Bryce ST. CHARLES – On Thursday, Nov. 30, St. Charles High School held a balloon lift in honor of sophomore Gage Bryce, who lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday, Nov. 28, just two days before his 16th birthday. Bryce had been battling cancer for over 10 years.

Principal Robert Paris said, “We are heartbroken. Gage was a wonderful student and a great example of spirit and determination. He was one of the kindest and most positive individuals we were grateful to have. Even through his times of struggle, he always had a smile on his face.”

When asked about community support, Paris said the St. Charles community has done many extensive fundraisers to help with the cost of Bryce’s medical expenses over the years.

Athletic director Leon Larsen said, “I found out that Gage was extremely ill on Tuesday morning. Throughout the day, we were getting reports that his health was getting worse. I did not find out he had passed away until late afternoon, [several] students found out at that time. The kids were devastated. At that point we just offered our support.”


On Thursday, Nov. 30, which would have been Gage Bryce’s 16th birthday, hundreds of people gathered behind the high school for a balloon lift, sending birthday wishes to him in heaven. The balloons were mostly blue and yellow, representing his favorite college team, the University of Michigan. 
Photos by Jeanne Marcello On Thursday, Nov. 30, which would have been Gage Bryce’s 16th birthday, hundreds of people gathered behind the high school for a balloon lift, sending birthday wishes to him in heaven. The balloons were mostly blue and yellow, representing his favorite college team, the University of Michigan. Photos by Jeanne Marcello Bryce passed away at 4:24 p.m.

St. Charles High School was very quiet on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Paris said, “As with any major loss in the building, the atmosphere was very quiet and still. Students received support from counselors and therapy dogs that were in the building. We brought in additional counseling staff from the [Saginaw Intermediate School District]. We were also able to have Chesaning Union Schools school counselor, Mandy Volk, here to assist. We were able to provide two therapy dogs to help students with their grief.”


Donald and Melanie Bryce, and Gage’s sister, Madison, stand in the back of Gage’s pickup, singing happy birthday to him with the crowd. A huge mass of blue and gold balloons was released into the air by the several hundred students and adults participating. They waited until 4:24 p.m. because it was the time Gage Bryce died on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Donald and Melanie Bryce, and Gage’s sister, Madison, stand in the back of Gage’s pickup, singing happy birthday to him with the crowd. A huge mass of blue and gold balloons was released into the air by the several hundred students and adults participating. They waited until 4:24 p.m. because it was the time Gage Bryce died on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Christine Gross brought the therapy dogs to help.

School was cancelled on Friday, Dec. 1, to prepare for Bryce’s funeral.

Larsen said, “Gage loved basketball. He was on last year’s freshman team and could constantly be found in the gym. He truly had a passion for the sport and was always looking to improve at it. If you ever wondered where Gage was, all you had to do was look in the gym to find him. Gage was a great young man that impacted many in his 15 short years. The St. Charles community and beyond have lost a great person.”

Paris said, “Gage was a great kid that will be a huge loss to the Bulldog family.”

Gage Bryce’s funeral was to be held in the gym at St. Charles High School on Saturday, Dec. 2. He is the son of Donald and Melanie (Bird) Bryce, and the brother of Madison Bryce.

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