2018-04-15 / News

STC students help non-profit and pay tribute to lost student Gage Bryce

By Mandilee Hecht
Staff Reporter


Members of the student council at St. Charles High School hosted a blanket-making session on April 6 for the organization Fleece and Thank You in honor of Gage Bryce, a St. Charles student who lost his battle with cancer last year. The blankets will be donated to hospital patients as a means of comfort of support; students also created personalized videos to go along with each blanket. 
Courtesy Photo Members of the student council at St. Charles High School hosted a blanket-making session on April 6 for the organization Fleece and Thank You in honor of Gage Bryce, a St. Charles student who lost his battle with cancer last year. The blankets will be donated to hospital patients as a means of comfort of support; students also created personalized videos to go along with each blanket. Courtesy Photo ST. CHARLES – Members of the St. Charles High School Student Council combined efforts recently to help a local cause and also pay tribute to a beloved student who lost his life last year.

According to student council advisor Trina Kohagen, students collected donations and recruited volunteers to make blankets for the organization Fleece and Thank You.

The blankets are distributed throughout area hospitals and help provide comfort and support to young patients, and help encourage them in their fight.

Besides the blankets, students also created personalized video messages designated for individual blanket recipients. Each blanket comes with an online link to the personalized video, Kohagen said.

Gage Bryce, a sophomore at St. Charles, lost his 13-year battle with cancer last Nov. 28, 2017, just two days before his 16th birthday.

Other ways in which the district has honored Bryce’s life include a balloon lift that took place on Thursday, Nov. 30 of last year.

“Students had experienced Gage’s illness with him, and many want to help other kids facing tough illnesses,” Kohagen told the Citizen.

Each blanket kit cost $24 and included material, personalized labels, and personalized video messages.

Students and adult volunteers met in the high school library on Friday, April 6 in order to create the blankets and videos.

Fleece and Thank You co-founder Bryce Goulah visited the school as well April 6 to help coordinate the event; in total 31 blankets and videos were created.

Kohagen added that Goulah seemed very impressed with the demeanor of students.

“He said that St. Charles was the best group of students he had ever worked with. He said students had a great attitude and were incredibly hard workers,” she said.

The organization will soon deliver the donated blankets to children in hospitals throughout Michigan.

“Students felt it was a very positive way to keep Gage’s memory alive and support others,” Kohagen said.

For more information on Fleece and Thank You, visit http://fleeceandthankyou.org/

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