Rice brothers lose Dad on X-mas
Brad Rice, 19 and Jordan Rice, 16, of Edmonds, WA are fighting to keep each other. Six years ago, these two brothers had to bury their Mother, after a rare, unexpected disease took her life at a young age.
However, they were still raised by a loving Father named Cory Rice who loved them both so much and never missed a sporting event with his two boys or any event for that matter. Unfortunately, on December 24, 2014, Christmas Eve, Cory passed away.
The older brother Brad recently moved back from Washington State University in Pullman, WA to attend Shoreline Community College and be closer to home. He never thought that decision he made this past summer would be one of the most important decisions he has ever made.
Younger brother Jordan spoke to his Father around 3:00 PM on Christmas Eve. Around 4:30 PM the boys arrived home to find their father asleep forever in his bedroom, peacefully resting on the bed. Regrettably, this was a sleep his Father would never awake from.
Today, Brad and Jordan are asking for your help to raise money for their cause on GoFundMe.com. Brad and Jordan will need money to pay for Cory Rice's funeral expenses at Beck's Funeral Home in Edmonds, WA. In addition, Brad is seeking additional resources to help earn custody rights for his younger brother, and intends to raise him right here in Edmonds, WA. Both Brad and Jordan played basketball growing up. They understand the importance of teamwork, discipline, education, and perseverance.
Please help us let Brother Brad, raise Jordan. He will do this with the help of GoFundMe.com, working, and attending community college locally. Nobody has the right to split this family up after everything they have gone through. Help us fuse these two together, forever.
It's been awhile since I updated everyone about the boys so I thought I'll let everyone know how they're doing!
Jordan turned 17 today :) Yesterday marks 7 years as the boys Mom passed away and tomorrow marks 2 months since Cory passed away.
The brothers have been nothing but strong and supportive of each other. Every night after a long day of school, basketball and work they always
make time to have dinner with each other and talk about their day.
Jordan finished his Junior year of basketball at EWHS last week and had nothing but an outstanding season and is already talking about how excited he is for next season.
Brad has been taking a big role on having to grow up fast. He has been learning how to handle all the bills, house decisions, and looking after his little brother. He has been doing everything in his power to make sure his brother is happy.
If anyone knows a good deal on carpet and windows please let us know :)
The boys are so thankful for all of the support from this community and can't thank you enough.
I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad you have each other.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss. You boys need each other more than ever. Praying that you will take care of, and protect each other.
I've prayed and prayed I'm so glad y'all received more than y'all asked for!!! GOD IS GOOD!
Bless your hearts!
This has really touched my heart and I'm praying y'all reach your $50,000.00 goal. I'm so sorry for y'alls loss and I pray for peace and guidance during this hard time! Support&Prayers from Louisiana
Prayers for your needs going up from Pennsylvania.
Just read the story about what happened... my thoughts and prayers go out to the boys.. they need to stay together for support .. may god bless them both..
That really touches my heart cause we are going threw adoption process as well. We have a 4 and 5 year old that we had guardian ship for 4years now. It's an amazing feeling. I'm not able to have kids but god knew I wanted kids so he blessed me with my little ones. I hope all goes well.
thats awesome bonnie
sharing story very heart touching
Jordan, Mikey and I have been thinking of you a lot lately. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything you need. Your dad was an amazing man and I will never forget him trying t o teaching me the basics of basketball when you guys played with the Blues. You and your brother are in my thoughts and prayers.
Just shared your story and the link to this fund on my Facebook page and Twitter account. Best wishes and prayers.
Hi, Brad & Jordan...I just saw your story on my local news, then looked it up on the internet. Your story touched my heart. I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad (& your Mom). I shared it on my Facebook page - asking my friends to help, and also sent a letter to Ellen DeGeneres on your behalf. I asked her if she may be able to help you stay together and keep your house. I don't have the means to help you with this, but maybe she will. I have 2 sons (23 & 18) so I feel I can relate to you in that way. I want you to know I will keep you in my prayers for the new year.
Hello! I had seen something about these boys' situation and posted a status on Facebook to try to find a way to get in contact with them! I don't personally know this family, but I grew up in Edmonds and I heard they both play/played basketball. Is there someone close to them I can speak with? I would really like to offer them both free unlimited training in the edmonds area with our coaches...our company is called Advantage Basketball, we do camps all over the world and personal one on one training weekly, and also have select teams. I want to offer any of this to both of these boys for no charge...and a few other things!! My name is Sarah Hummel, and my phone number is 425-931-2296. All in my prayers
Here is the Facebook event page for the fundraiser at A Very Taki Tiki Restaurant/Bar in Edmonds. https://www.facebook.com/events/1510072175921217/?notif_t=plan_user_joined
my /our sympathy goes out to your family. our prayers are with you. I know that your aunt toni will be there for you. mike stratman
This breaks my heart hearing this! I am so sorry Bead and Jordan, I know you guys are ao strong and need each other more than every! You guys are in my prayers and if you guys need anything, you can always call me!
Brad and Jordan are reading all of your comments and are feeling all of the outpouring love! You all are amazing for your kind words and donations, it truly is a christmas miracle. God bless all of you who are praying and contributing to Brad and Jordan.
Cory was an amazing man , father & friend! We are here for Jordan and Brad no matter what is needed! Xoxo