Bryce Day is doing better; Foundation continues to raise funds for funeral expense purposes

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — While Bryce Day continues his fight against terminal pancreatic cancer, the Bryce Day Memorial Foundation continues to make great strides on the fundraising front to help families with funeral expenses.

Day Funeral Home founder Bryce Day has been battling terminal cancer since he was diagnosed last fall. When doctors gave him only six months to live, he decided to fight, and continues to win, following a tumor removal surgery in Kansas City last week.

Bryce Day logo“He is doing better,” said Andrea Day. “The surgery was successful and the tumor was removed.”

Thursday, he was released from the hospital, and friends and family will check on him several times a day.

“It was a long surgery, with a 3-4 month recovery period, so he still has a ways to go,” Andrea Day said.

Late last year, he started the Bryce Day Memorial Foundation to assist families in need with funeral expenses. Day also launched a website to help families who are faced with burying a loved one. The foundation stands with Wellington’s funeral homes, Cornejo/Day Funeral Home, Frank Funeral Home and Shelley Family Funeral Home to provide this service.

A four-person golf scramble tournament was sponsored this weekend. The results of the tournament are as follows: 

First place: Jarin McGovern, Gary Richmond, Ben Gill and Leander Green – 55.

Second place: Shawn Spann, Bill Butts, Mark Miller, Derek Harrison – 55.

Third place: Mark Johnson, Lane Greene, Galen Green, Graysen DeJarnett – 60.

Craig Day, Richard Peralez, James Hobbs and Kim Brownlee were declared the snake killers with a 76 score.

As of February, $16,000 had already been donated to the fund, and several families have received funeral expense aid this year. People who have to pay for a funeral can apply for aid by filling out an online form, or by calling the foundation. Those in need will be given $750 toward funeral expenses by the foundation. A stipulation is the family in need must have less than $3,000 in the bank to qualify.

“We have helped 13 families this year so far, and with fundraising efforts and the support of the community, we can continue to help families in their time of need,” said Andrea Day.

The Bryce Day Memorial Foundation can be designated as the memorial fund in honor of the recently deceased. If the total memorial proceeds are less than $750, then the foundation will cover the difference and make a $750 payment to the funeral service provider. Should the loved one’s memorial fund raise more than $750, the foundation will pay all of the proceeds, up to the total funeral cost, to the funeral service provider.

For more information on the foundation, visit

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