Nicholas Steven Parscale

Nicholas Steven Parscale, 14, of Lawrence, Kansas, passed away in the early morning hours of June 15, 2021 after an almost five-year battle with cancer. He was in the loving arms of his mother, father and brother.

He was born, June 23, 2006, and was often told he was “an old soul” and wise beyond his years. He cherished his friends and family and there was nothing Nicholas liked to do more than visiting with his aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Additionally, he adored animals and loved his four dogs and two cats with all his heart. He enjoyed playing video games, watching YouTube videos, cooking and art.

When Nicholas was first diagnosed with cancer in July, 2016, he shared frequently that he believed God gave him cancer “so that another little kid would not have to have it. He knew “I could handle it”. He took every opportunity of his journey to help others and to make new friends along the way. “Nick the Brave”, as he would come to be known, believed that if one could remain positive throughout the journey, life would be so much better. He lived each day looking forward to its possibilities and fought the disease with grit, determination and grace. He was selfless beyond measure and always greeted people with a smile and a quick “how are you today?”

Nicholas is survived by his mother, Geri and father, Dave Parscale and his brother, David. Other survivors include his aunts and uncles, Bill Dameron, Sandy Dameron, Teresa and Randy DeWitt, Gerry and Craig Conklin, Annette Moore, Boyd Parscale, David Fenley, Hannah Fenley and Mark and Marillyn Fenley; numerous cousins and hundreds of friends.

Through his “Nick the Brave” podcasts and his book “What I Wish I Knew Before Cancer”, Nicholas demonstrated his positivity, his strength and his love for all. His legacy will live on by helping untold numbers of kids and families travel a cancer journey that they may face and to all who knew him, may we continue his message of positivity and love.

A parish rosary will be held at 5:00 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2021 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway. Nicholas’s family will greet friends and family following the rosary until 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 22nd at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. To view Nick’s service live, go to A private cremation ceremony will follow at a future date.

Memorial contributions may be made in Nicholas’ name to the “Nick the Brave” Memorial Fund and sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 West 13th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

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  1. Tad on June 16, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    Nick was an amazing young man. His strength and ability to live and laugh during this battle were impressive.

    Rest In Peace Nick and may God Bless your family and all who loved you

  2. Doris Santillan on June 16, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    “Where there are no words……
    Know the silences are carrying the
    thoughts and prayers of all who love you.” -Dawn Dias

  3. Shelle Arnold on June 16, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Nicholas touched the hearts of many. His positivity was inspiring. He was a friend to many and a stranger to no one. Rest In Peace, Nicholas. You’ll never be forgotten.

  4. Julie Smith on June 16, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Nicholas you were always pure joy to be around! No matter our age we can all learn something from you…..selflessness, positivity and most of all GRACE! I love you!

  5. Cristy Sullivan on June 16, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    What a great boy Nicholas was. So glad I was his friend. He fought with everything he had but God had another plan. He touched so many hearts in such a short time. I am heartbroken for you Geri and your family. Please know I am here for you! May Nick the Brave rest in peace!

  6. Shelly Coleman on June 16, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    I am so heartbroken but also I feel blessed to have known this sweet young man. I am so sorry for your loss and I hope with time and help from family, friends and the Good Lord, the pain will lessen and you are comforted with the knowledge that Nick will forever be watching over you. Helping us all to be a little more brave no matter what we may face in life. All my love and prayers are with the Parscale Family. Rest in peace sweet Nick.

  7. Be Head Strong on June 16, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Nick the Brave’s passing. What a tremendous young man he was: a courageous fighter, a generous soul, and a good son and friend to many. The Parscales have gained an Angel to watch over them, for sure. Peace to all of you.

  8. Ken Williams on June 16, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    My heart breaks for your family…and I count myself grateful to call Nick my friend. Sending healing love to The Parscale’s and anyone who was blessed to have this “old should” cross their path. Rest in POWER, Slick Nick.

  9. Valorie Burton on June 16, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    I am so sorry to learn of Nick’s passing. I had the honor of being interviewed by him and was so struck by his energy, his positivity and his confidence. He touched so many lives, empowered by a family who loved him deeply and helped him realize the potential within him during his time on this earth. May God give you immense strength and comfort you with every thought of him. With love and gratitude, Valorie Burton

  10. Holly Winkler Griffith on June 16, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    My condolences to the Parscale family. Rest In Peace, Nicholas.

  11. Brooke sefcik on June 16, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    My condolences to the Parscale family. Rest In Peace.

  12. Jeff Sefcik on June 16, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Nick the Brave,

    Though we never got a chance to meet, you have touched my soul! I’ve been inspired by you since the day Mrs. Friziellie told me about you. I know your book was meant to help guide and inspire kids, but it has inspired me as well in my fight! I promise to do my best to get your book to as many kids as I can. If you run into a big old crazy grampa named Mike up in heaven, that’s my dad. I told him to look out for you. God bless kid – Jeff

  13. Karlie Grable on June 16, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Nicholas, I am so glad I got to start my school years as a kindergartener with him. Even though we were very little I still have remembered him throughout this whole thing and have prayed for all of you. He has done so many good things and have touched so many families hearts going through the same thing. Sending prayers to the Parscale family!

  14. Jan K Hoegh on June 16, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Clearly he was an amazing young man. I have enjoyed following your journey, Geri. He has left a legacy and for that you will always be proud!

  15. The Kids on June 18, 2021 at 8:37 am

    We love you Nick!! Thank you for being such an amazing friend! You were such an inspiration to us all! We will miss you so much!!

    The Kids

  16. Melanie J Coppoc on June 19, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Geri, please accept our most sincere sympathy in the passing of Nicholas. My heart breaks for all of you, for all you have been through, and for the loss you have endured. Sending God’s love for you. May He embrace you with the peace and love that will help heal your pain. You are one of the strongest people I’ve ever known and Nicholas learned from you. Hugs to you.

  17. Vicki Smothers on June 21, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    Dear Geri and family,
    I was reading a post by Bill Self this morning when I heard of the passing of your son. While I cannot find words for the pain you must be feeling, I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. What an incredible young man!
    My best to you and yours,
    Your friend,
    Vicki Smothers
    ( memories- JFK School)

  18. Jeff & Amanda Drake on June 22, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Sincere condolences ????

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